Discover Fremont's filming opportunities! Located within Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fremont offers a variety of locations:
- Historical districts
- High-tech industries
- Picturesque lake
- Numerous parks
Please note that certain areas within City limits are managed by other jurisdictions, such as the State of California, Alameda County, Fremont Unified School District, and East Bay Regional Parks Districts. You would need to contact those jurisdictions directly to obtain permission or pay them any applicable fees. At least 10 business days prior to the filming activity, you need inform the City of Fremont Police Department regarding such filming activities by calling (510) 790-6967 or by email.
- It is not lawful to conduct commercial still photography or commercial film activity within the City of Fremont without obtaining a film permit (exceptions to the City's Ordinance shown below). Please see Chapter 5.50 of the Fremont Municipal Code for additional details:
- Film permit application must be submitted at least 90 calendar days in advance of the first day of filming for major productions and 30 calendar days for small productions.
- A complete Film Permit Application packet includes the following:
- Film Permit Application Online Submission;
- Complete and signed Indemnity and Hold Harmless Form;
- Complete Insurance Certificate ($1,000,000 General Liability insurance naming the "City of Fremont, 3300 Capitol Ave., Fremont, CA 94538" as additional insured);
- Additional Insured Endorsement. Note that the "Additional Insured Endorsement" page is separate and in addition to the "Complete Insurance Certificate." The page must name the City of Fremont, 3300 Capitol Ave., Fremont, CA 94538 as additional insured. Sample Additional Insured Endorsement;
- Applicant must obtain and provide a copy of the owner's written permission and/or lease for filming private property not owned by the City of Fremont; and
- If filming takes place at a private residence or a business, a notification must be sent to the immediate/adjacent neighbors regarding the filming activity, except when the residence or business has no immediate neighbors within the same block. The date and copy of the notification must be provided as part of the application.
- If filming requires road closures in a residential area, approval from all residents within the anticipated closure area must be obtained prior to issuance of a filming permit. Road closures in a commercial or industrial area will be evaluated by the City. Upon approval, notification must be sent two weeks in advance of the filming activity to all nearby residents and businesses within 0.5 mile radius of the road closure.
- No Application Fee for Film Permit.
- City sidewalk - free unless city services required.
- City Parks - commercial still photography $200/day, video $400/day. The video permit fee is inclusive of still photography.
- Additional fees and charges may be required for filming on City property, such as on City Plazas, use of City equipment, Patterson House at Ardenwood Historic farm and for City Staff. Fees TBD.
Film Permit Exemptions
If your film activity includes one of the following, a permit is not required:
- Film activities conducted for the purpose of reporting on persons, events or scenes which are in the news for newspapers, television news and other news media;
- Film activities conducted at a Fremont film studio, where film activities are the sole purpose of the establishment;
- Filming activities for use in a criminal investigation or civil or criminal court proceeding;
- Non-commercial filming activities conducted on private property solely for private or family use;
- Commercial still photography, or staging thereof, when conducted to the exclusion of other filming activity when the photography will not take place on City property and will not require the parking of more than two motor vehicles on any public street within the City of Fremont;
- Film activities conducted by or for the City of Fremont.
Submit Film Permit
To submit an Film Permit Application, please either complete the online application and attach all relevant documents during the submission process.
Wedding PhotographyWe frequently receive inquiries regarding permit requirements for wedding photography, especially for shooting inside a City park. Here ares some general guidelines:
- For commercial wedding photography a film permit is required. Commercial means a professional photographer/crew is hired or the photographs and/or videos are used for business purposes. The film permit itself is free, however, there is a fee requirement per day if the filming location is inside one of the City Parks or Plazas (e.g. Niles Plaza, Ardenwood Historic Area, Lake Elizabeth and Central Park). The commercial still photography fee is $200/day or video at $400/day. The $400 video permit fee is inclusive of still photography. This fee is in addition to any parks facilities rental or service fees in the event you want to reserve a specific area within the park.
- For personal wedding photography (e.g. the photographer does not receive any compensation) there is no film permit requirement. Certain services fees or facilities rental fees still apply if you would like to reserve or close off a specific public area for your exclusive usage.
- Certain park areas in Fremont, such as Lake Islewood, Decoto Marshlands, Mission Peak, etc. are actually the jurisdiction of East Bay Regional Parks and not managed by the City of Fremont. If you choose one of these locations, you do not need to obtain permit from the City of Fremont and no park fee will be required. However, you would need to contact East Bay Regional Parks for permission and to confirm the parks' open hours.
For more information or to email additional documents after the initial submission process, contact Amy Gee at the Fremont Police Department at (510) 790-6967.