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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.


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.

Film Office Services

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

For inquiries about these services, please contact:
Lucy Steffens
Visit Sacramento
(916) 808-5553

film permitting

Sean Arnold
Office: 916.808.2676

Film Office, Convention & Cultural Services
New City Hall, 3rd Floor
915 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814