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Film & Event Permits

A City of Half Moon Bay special event or film permit is required for

  • Parade and festival organizers
  • Neighborhood block parties
  • Concerts
  • Events that require city street closures
  • Contests
  • Motion picture film and commercial companies

The Special Event application fee ranges from $55 to $186 and is determined by the range of services needed for the activity.   Additional costs apply when City services are required.  A list of staffing costs is located on the Master Fee Schedule.   The Film Permit fees are $224/day.

The process to obtain a Film or Special Event Permit

  1. Obtain and complete a Special Event Permit or Film Permit.  Please include map and/or any attachments you feel are necessary to provide additional information for your special event.

  2. Include a Certificate of Liability in the amount of $2,000,000 naming the City of Half Moon Bay as additional insured.  If you are unable to obtain insurance, the City will provide insurance for a fee (this does not include Film Permits).

  3. Include your payment by cash or check.  Checks are to be made payable to “City of Half Moon Bay”. Payment by credit card is accepted in person only.

  4. Return the application, Certificate of Liability, payment, and any attachments you feel necessary to City Hall for processing.

Prior to the event, the applicant is responsible for notifing any and all entities/agencies that may be involved in this event (i.e., Sheriff, Highway Patrol, San Mateo County, State Parks and Beaches, etc.) and adhering to those requirements. Once you appliation is submitted, your premit will be processed within 2-3 weeks.  You will be notified by telephone on the status of your permit and a copy of the approved application will be mailed to you.

Special Event Permit - $191 Permit fee: Special Event Permit Application 

Film Permit - $225/day: HMB Film Permit Application - 2014

For additional Film and Special Event Permit questions please call (650) 726-8270