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Welcome to the new City of Sacramento Film Office!

The City is undertaking an exciting new role as the film permitting and information center for the City of Sacramento.

For years, these services were skillfully and professionally handled by Visit Sacramento, the capital region’s exceptional visitor’s bureau. Transitioning these Film Office functions within the City government will allow more organic integration between City agencies and a more efficient leveraging of City resources, with the ultimate goal of building on the great production support previously provided by Visit Sacramento.

During this transition, we will strive to maintain the same high-quality permitting and information services as Visit Sacramento.


By order of local authorities, on-location filming has been shut down in the City and County of Sacramento. Limitations and restrictions on business activity and public gatherings, with consequences for film production on-location, are now in effect across Sacramento County. Sacramento Office of Film + Media is not accepting or processing any applications to film currently.

Sacramento Office of Film + Media encourages all Sacramentans to seek and receive reliable, trustworthy information about COVID-19 from authoritative sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO)., and Sacramento County Department of Health Services.

For a list of resources, please click here (PDF). To see more arts related COVID-19 resources, please click here.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) applications open April 28th. If you are an independent contractor unable to work due to COVID-19, this is your opportunity to apply for unemployment. Visit the PUA website here.


In 2019 the Convention and Cultural Services Department engaged Metris Arts Consulting along with Rich Moskal (former director of the Chicago Film Office) to assess the current film production environment in Sacramento, analyze the City’s potential, and provide a plan that will help Sacramento position itself as a production destination. This 5-year plan includes a number of strategic goals along with short-, mid-, and long-term actions to help achieve those goals. The Convention and Cultural Services Department’s new Film Office is very excited to execute this plan and to unlock new creative and economic possibilities for the City and the region over the next several years.

Sacramento Film Office 2020-2025 Plan


One of the most historic cities in California, Sacramento boasts an impressive array of landmarks, parks, urban environments, and natural locales including:

The California State Capitol – Neoclassical architecture with historic offices, 40 acres of gardens and memorials, and a history museum.

The Tower Bridge – An iconic vertical lift bridge spanning the Sacramento River and connecting downtown Sacramento and the City of West Sacramento.

Historic Old Sacramento – Commercial center of the California gold rush and western terminus of the Pony Express route along the Sacramento River, Old Sacramento is replete with historic structures, museums, paddle boats, trains, and an underground area where parts of the City were “jacked up” out of flood waters in the 1870s.

Sutter’s Fort Historic Park – An 1840s historic fort/community in midtown Sacramento.

Historic City Cemetery – A 170-year old, 44-acre Victorian cemetery and garden.

Sacramento also boasts a diverse variety of bridges and parks, farms and orchards, Victorian and New England style neighborhoods, lakes and ecosystems, and one of the area’s most striking natural features: the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers.


Visit Sacramento welcomes inquiries on filming and promptly responds with free services:

  • Assistance navigating the local government agencies and policies
  • Comprehensive film directory
  • Location information, suggestions, and photographs
  • Up-to-date contact information for permits and budgeting details
  • Information on accommodations for crew stays
  • Referrals to technical personnel, equipment availability, and other services
  • Details on climate, transportation, and area events
  • Liaison between production companies and local communities
  • Arrange familiarization trips for production personnel and locations scouts


Jennifer West
Manager, Sacramento Film Office
Office: 916.808.2676

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