STEP 1: Do I Need a Permit?

When a Permit is Required and Fee Info

The Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting issues permits to productions filming on location in the City of New York and provides free police assistance, free parking privileges and access to most exterior locations free of charge. In 2008, the rules were published for when a production is required to have a permit and when it is not in order to help expedite filmmaking in the City. When a permit is required, there is a $300 fee for the processing of the initial application of a new project.
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Insurance Requirements

In order for you or your organization to be eligible for a filming permit, Liability Insurance is required. A CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE must be provided to the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting 48 hours in advance of your online permit application submission. (When submitting your online permit application, be sure the Company Name matches exactly the name of Insured on your insurance certificate.)
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Filming in a Park

For filming in city parks, please visit Parks Film Shoot Request Form and complete online form. Your request will be routed to the appropriate individual park manager. Please allow at least 48 hours for park manager to respond to your request. Once park manager has approved your shoot, submit OFTB online permit referencing park manager who provided approval.
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Pre-Production

The Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting issues permits to productions filming on location in the City of New York and provides free police assistance, free parking privileges and access to most exterior locations free of charge. In 2008, the rules were published for when a production is required to have a permit and when it is not in order to help expedite filmmaking in the City. When a permit is required, there is a $300 fee for the processing of the initial application of a new project.
>>Read More