Thank you for your interest in filming in Sonoma County, California.
Our goal at the Sonoma County Film Office is to provide you with
assistance that can help reduce costly delays.
To make it easier for filmmakers and photographers to navigate
through Sonoma County, the various cities within the county have
agreed to utilize the Unified Film Permit Application form. In
general, each jurisdiction's terms and conditions are summarized
in the instructions, which will help expedite the permitting
process for filmmakers and photographers in the county. The organization
of these instructions is outlined as:
and Indemnification/Hold Harmless Requirements for Permitting
Jurisdictions (2.1), General Conditions (restrictions, clean & restore,
penalties) (2.2), Parking Plan (2.3), Special Effects (2.4);
The appendices are intended to assist you in filling out the
application and to understand the terms and conditions of each
jurisdiction in Sonoma County.
A completed application and Film Production Plan requires an
assortment of submittals including a description of scenes to
be filmed, a detailed parking plan, and permission forms from
private property and business owners affected by the film production.
In all cases, applicants must agree to indemnify, defend and
hold harmless the City/County, its agents, employees and contractors
from any liability and expenses arising from filming activity.
In most jurisdictions a refundable cash deposit is required and
insurance is required to be in effect during the entire duration
Please take a moment to review these instructions before you
file your application(s), and don't hesitate to call the Sonoma
County Film Office should you require assistance.
For special ordinances, fee schedules and/or supplemental permitting information contact:
application | instructions & process | appendices
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