Film & SPECIAL Event Permits


Half Moon Bay offers a variety of wonderful filming locations, and is ideal for special events. If you are considering our City for a concert, a contest, an event requiring City street closures, motion picture or commercial filming, a neighborhood block party, or a parade or festival, then a City of Half Moon Bay special event or film permit is required.

General Process

To get started, please complete a Special Event Permit or Film Permit, and a Sound Amplification Permit if applicable. Each of the links below includes a more detailed procedure, the application, and the relevant City Ordinance for your information.

  1. Caroline Weigandt

    Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 650-726-8254

Please be sure to include a map and/or any applicable attachments, and be aware that you are required to provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance in the amount of $2 million naming the City of Half Moon Bay as additional insured. 


Special Event Permit fees are $200 - $399 depending on the event's size. Film Permit fees are $514 per day. A Sound Amplification Permit is $216. These fees must be paid prior to permit approval. Please note that you will be invoiced for additional costs which apply when City services are required. A list of staffing costs is on the Master Fee Schedule (PDF).  

Fees and costs may be paid by cash, check or credit card. Checks should be made payable to "City of Half Moon Bay." Completed permit application packets must be mailed or dropped off at the Half Moon Bay Finance Department, City Hall Annex, 507B Purissima Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019.

Special Event permits are usually processed within 2-3 weeks. You will be notified by telephone and a copy of your approved application will be mailed to you.

Please note that prior to the event you are responsible for notifying any and all entities or agencies that may be involved (i.e., Sheriff, Highway Patrol, San Mateo County, State Parks and Beaches, etc.), adhering to their requirements including any additional permits and fees.

Please call 650-726-8254 if you have questions about Half Moon Bay's Film and Special Event Permits.