Special Events & Filming
Thank you for choosing to locate your production in the City of San Diego. Through the combined effort of the City, County, and Port, San Diego has held a starring role in productions ranging from commercial still photography to televisions series to major feature films. The city’s unparalleled weather, beautiful scenery, and quick, no-cost authorization process are just some of the incentives San Diego has to offer for your production.
The San Diego Film Office provides the core and boutique services of a traditional film office for the San Diego region, including permitting and connecting productions to the right contacts with our partner cities, production facilitation, locations services, providing resources for the local film industry, and promoting the region as a film-friendly destination.
The City of San Diego understands that productions may take place within a short planning timeframe and may involve a number of locations that include public and private property. This web page offers a suite of services to assist you in obtaining the proper authorization to film within the City of San Diego, while providing online resources for the local film industry.
For detailed information regarding filming in the City of San Diego, please review the Filming Production Guidelines.
ADVISORY ALERT: As a result of the amended orders and emergency regulations issued by the San Diego County Public Health Officer in response to the COVID-19 situation in San Diego County, the City of San Diego has enacted temporary limits on public gatherings to protect the public and slow the spread of COVID-19. These limits have specific implications for special event permits and on-location filming, which apply for both future permits and previously issued permits in the City of San Diego.
Special Event permit amendments for rescheduled dates and new applications for future dates may be submitted for review. Issuance of special event permits will be subject to new guidelines or mandates for public gatherings and social distancing, and will be in accordance with the County Public Health Orders, California Department of Public Health guidelines, and Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
Filming productions are now permitted by Public Health Officials and the City of San Diego, effective immediately, is accepting film applications for filming dates starting Friday, June 12th. Film permits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. All productions must complete the County of San Diego's Safe Reopening Plan which requires facial coverings, physical distancing measures, and sanitation stations for all cast and crew.
To learn more about the City of San Diego's latest guidelines and resources, visit:
As with all guidance that relates to COVID-19 response, authorities will revisit this guidance on a regular basis to evaluate the continued public health need for it and to evaluate if any elements need to be changed. To stay informed, continue to monitor this link: CA Department of Public Health COVID-19 Guidance