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Sacramento Film + Media Permits

Email completed applications to: FilmOffice@cityofsacramento.org

 

For assistance with permits and permit-related inquiries, contact:
Jennifer West
Sacramento Film Commissioner
Office: (916) 808-2676
E-mail: FilmOffice@cityofsacramento.org

Sacramento Film + Media
New City Hall, 3rd Floor
915 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Permitting
  • All commercial filming in the City of Sacramento and unincorporated Sacramento County requires a film permit for both public and private property.
  • Filming on a sound stage does not require a film permit.
  • Sacramento Film + Media charges a permit fee of $100 for two consecutive weeks or 10 locations. Student and non-profit films will receive a fee waiver.
  • Insurance is required for ALL productions, no matter how small.
  • We require a COVID State Letter with your health a safety plan on production letterhead.
  • Permitting can take up to ten (10) business days to process once all paperwork is received. If the shoot is simple and does not require ITC, parking, neighborhood notification, street closures or coordination with California Film Commission, CHP and County we can usually get it to you quicker.

Links to Necessary Documents:

  1. Permit Application
  2. COVID Statement Letter
Insurance Requirements
  • Submit Certificate of insurance showing at least one million dollars ($1 million) for General Liability and Automobile Liability.
  • Proof of Workers Compensation coverage must also be provided.
  • The certificate must name as additionally insured “The City of Sacramento, its officers, agents, officials, employees and volunteers.”
  • An endorsement page with the same language must also be provided.
  • Certificate Holder: City of Sacramento 915 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814

Links to Necessary Documents:

  1. Sample Endorsement Page
  2. Sample Workers Compensation Waiver
  3. Insurance Companies for Low Budget Productions
Request Police Support

In the Sacramento region, street and lane closures are permitted by Sacramento Film + Media, Sacramento County, and CHP/CA Film Commission depending on location. Coordination with Sacramento Film + Media will help identify these routes. Within the City of Sacramento, Sacramento PD permission is required before applications will be approved.

Sacramento PD is required for any filming involving street closures, intermittent traffic control (ITC) or scenes involving simulated violence or prop weaponry use. If this applies to your shoot, be sure to check the box for “Street Closure”, “Intermittent Traffic Control” or “Simulated Violence” on your permit application’s Location Description page.

Fill out a Police Request Form and submit it with your permit application 10 days in advance of your shoot date. BE SPECIFIC about your traffic management plan. Do you need ITC for 2 way traffic (2 officers), one lane only, street blocked at both ends, from what street to what street, potential hazards for traffic (lift in street, etc), FINAL report and end times, include a map and scene summary.

Please consider the estimated fees of $81/hour, 4 hour minimum, plus a $35 vehicle fee, and a Sergeant is required with 5 or more officers at $108/hour, 4 hour minimum.

Links to Necessary Documents:

  1. Police Request Form
Request Parking

Meter and Parking Space Reservation

  • You may reserve metered and un-metered parking spaces on a city street for your filming. If your street closure denies access to metered or un-metered parking spaces for an extended period, you will be required to reserve those parking spaces.
  • When parking spaces are reserved, “No Parking/Tow Away” signs will be posted a minimum of 72 hours in advance of filming.
  • The first posting (bagged meter or a-frame barricade with No Parking sign) is $50 and $5 for each additional posting, averaging 5 per city block.
  • Additionally, if the spaces you reserve are metered spaces, and the meters will be in service during the time of your reservation, you will be charged a lost revenue fee per meter. The application to reserve metered and un-metered parking spaces is available here.
  • Please indicate on your permit application’s Location Description page that Parking is requested by checking the box and submitting a map of the spaces.
  • Applications submitted within 10 business days prior to the effective date may be subject to a $175 expedite fee.

Parking Garages and Parking Lots

  • To request parking garage spaces or parking lot spaces please email Parking here. Include the address, date, times, access, approximate number of spaces, equipment, and a description of the scene summary.

Quick Links to Necessary Contacts:

  1. Application to Reserve Metered & Unmetered Parking Spaces
  2. Email to Reserve Parking Garage or Parking Lot Spaces
Neighborhood Notification/Film Notice Guidelines

Notification is required if filming includes one of more of the following:

  1. Street Closure: 2 block radius
  2. Amplified Sound: 2 block radius
  3. Simulated Violence: 2 block radius
  4. Pyrotechnics: 2 block radius
  5. Intermittent Traffic Control: 1 block

Film notices must be distributed 72 hours before the shoot date/time. Hand out the film notice during the day between 8am-8pm and by 6pm for businesses. For apartment buildings, leave a film notice near the call button using blue painter’s tape only. For businesses, go inside the business and leave the film notice with the on-site manager. For homes, roll up the film notice and leave it on the door handle, under the door mat, or tape with blue painter’s tape near the mailbox (if mailbox is near the front door). Do not place film notices into the mailboxes of residences or businesses. Do not tape or staple film notices onto poles along the sidewalks within the neighborhood. Notification must include phone numbers of the production and Sacramento Film + Media.

Links to Necessary Documents:

  1. Sample Notification
Student Film Permitting

Sacramento Film + Media works with local film schools to assist students looking to film in the City of Sacramento. To be eligible for a student permit, applicants must be enrolled in a film production class at an accredited college-level institution. Student filmmakers must furnish student ID, a letter from an authorized class instructor on school letterhead declaring that the project is for educational, non-commercial purposes (Teacher Approval Letter), a COVID Statement Letter, and provide the school’s Certificate of Insurance and Endorsement page. If your school is unable to provide you with the required general liability insurance coverage, you will need to ask for a quote from the city, inquire with Insurance Companies for Low Budget Productions, or ask your parents or insurer if the homeowner’s policy can add this coverage.

All paperwork must be submitted to Sacramento Film + Media no less than ten (10) business days prior to your first shoot date via e-mail to FilmOffice@cityofsacramento.org.

As a courtesy to students we do not charge a permit fee, however there may be fees associated with other permitting bodies within the city such as parking, road closures, and Sac PD. Student filmmakers are required to obtain a film permit for any project occurring on public or private property. Students will need to submit the following:

  1. Film Permit Application with the Film Production Name listed as “(Name of School) / (Name of Student)”. Make sure to use the school’s address on the Permit Application
  2. A copy of the student ID
  3. Certificate of Insurance and Endorsement Page
  4. Signed Workers Compensation Waiver
  5. Teacher Approval Letter
  6. COVID Statement Letter

Links to Necessary Documents:

  1. Permit Application
  2. Insurance Companies for Low Budget Productions
  3. Sample Endorsement Page
  4. Sample Workers Compensation Waiver
  5. Sample Teacher Approval Letter
  6. Sample COVID Statement Letter
Drone Filming Requirements

The drone operator must obtain all authorizations as required at the time from the FAA. You must submit a copy of the drone operator’s license, the drone certificate of registration, and certificate of insurance to Sacramento Film + Media. The City of Sacramento does not have an official drone ordinance, but for safety reasons we require this information. It is important to note that Sacramento is in the vicinity of two major airports.

California State Properties

In the Sacramento area there are many parks, buildings, properties, bridges, and roads owned by the State of California and therefore filming is permitted by the California Film Commission. Our office can help identify these locations; we are here to help.

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