Production Incentives Database

California San Francisco

Incentive Type Rebate
Spend Refund of City fees and payroll taxes paid to the City and County of San Francisco
Project Criteria Budgets less than $3 million must film 55% of principal photography in San Francisco; budgets of $3 million or more must film 65% of principal photography in San Francisco; production office must be located in the City and County of San Francisco

City refunds include: fees paid to City departments for use of rental of City property, equipment or employees (includes police services for up to 4 Police Offers per day for a total of 12 hours maximum per day per officer); all daily use fees paid to the San Francisco Film Commission; all payroll taxes paid to the City and County of San Francisco
Loanout Registration Required No
Loanout Withholding No
Annual Funding Caps $3,000,000
Project Caps 600000
Minimum Spend None
Sunset Date None
Audit Requirements
Getting Started
Submit a San Francisco Film and Television Rebate Program application (Form A) to the San Francisco Film Commission Office at least 45 days prior to production; include the project budget, script, and Sunshine Letter (optional); call the San Francisco Film Office to schedule an appointment to discuss the application; upon initial application approval, the production must supply the Preliminary Calculation of Estimated Rebate (Form B) and other required documents.
Screen Credit Required
Company Registration
Sales Use Tax Relief
Hotel Occupancy Tax Relief
Local Vendors Qualify
Outside Vendors Qualify
Claiming Incentive
No more than 45 days after completion of principal photography submit completed Final Application forms C, D & E and other required documents to the San Francisco Film Commission Office.
Additional Information
Production days qualify on sound stages or other qualifying interiors and within the 49 square miles of the City and County of San Francisco.

Proof of payment of city tax is required.

Production company must apply for a Business License with the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector.

Qualified productions must enter into a first source hiring agreement with the city that demonstrates good faith efforts to hire economically disadvantaged qualified individuals.

Location Manager must be a member of the local union affiliate.

Production office must be located in the City & County of San Francisco.

Last updated: 10/19/2015

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