Motion Picture & Entertainment Safety Program

The Office of the State Fire Marshal Motion Picture & Entertainment Unit (MP&E) was created in July 1987 following the death of actor Vic Morrow in a movie set accident, and in response to the motion picture and television industry's concerns about inconsistent enforcement of regulations and fire prevention requirements.

The Program's primary role is to act as a liaison between the California fire service and the motion picture and television industry. Program staff work with local film commissions, the State Film Commission, and the film and entertainment industry providing training, special investigations, inspections, and on-location technical assistance. Staff also provide technical interpretation of SFM laws and regulations relating to the use of pyrotechnic special effects.

In support of the OSFM Engineering & Investigations Division's ongoing commitment to improving customer service and decreasing wait times, we are pleased to announce that applicants can now Pay Online or by mail-in for their licensing fees. This feature will allow applicants to quickly and easily pay for license application fees from anywhere and significantly reduce time-to-issuance.

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