Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where is the office located?
A. The DCAS Film Office is located at 1 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007.

Q. What are your office hours?
A. DCAS Film Office Staff are available Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Q. Is there a location fee?
A. No, but there is a $3,200 administrative fee to be collected by the
Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting, prior to obtaining a
Required Permit from MOFTB. In addition, you will be billed for the overtime costs
incurred by required DCAS employees for your production.

Q. Who determines the staff needed?
A. The staff is determined by DCAS based upon the size of production, location and other complexities.

Q. What is the timeframe to file the paperwork?
A. Paperwork should be filed within a week prior to the activity. All required forms and supporting documents should be submitted to the DCAS Film Office no later than 4 business days prior to the day of prepping/rigging.

Q. Do I need to submit a certificate of insurance for still photo shoots?
A. Yes. [DCAS requires a general liability of $1,000,000; aggregate of $2,000,000.] The Department of Citywide Administrative Services must be named as additional insured. In addition, workers compensation insurance as required by the NYS Worker's Compensation Law.

Q. Why do I fill out a Department of Investigation form?
A. This signed notice must be on file with DCAS prior to permission being granted by DCAS for filming on City Property. This form serves as a reminder to all companies and persons seeking to film on City Property or in City Buildings that the offering of gifts or gratuities to City Employees is strictly prohibited.

The prohibition on offering gifts or gratuities to City Employees does not prevent production companies from making charitable donations to DCAS. Donations to DCAS's "Historic Preservation of City-Owned Buildings Fund" can be made in recognition of DCAS's efforts to promote and assist the film industry. For information regarding donations, please contact DCAS's Film Office at (212)-669-7285.

Q. When will I get my bill?
A. You will be billed 4 to 6 weeks after your activity is completed. Accurate and updated information concerning an applicant's forwarding postal address and, if available, an e-mail address, telephone number and facsimile number for purposes of receiving reimbursement notification from DCAS should be supplied.

Q. Do you have any office space available for filming?
A. Office space is very limited; most of our office space is occupied by senior staff which in some cases can make it very difficult to schedule a shoot. Smaller offices are very challenging to film in because it is hard to find the right angle for the camera. Cubicles are very rare and restrictions vary. Available office space can be used only nights and weekends for filming.

Q. Are cranes or heavy equipment permitted in or around a DCAS building?
A. Yes, but you must present us with the weight, height and width of equipment, including distance between wheels and how you will balance the weight. It is preferred that you submit a packaging slip. All floors must be protected from production equipment. Depending on the location, plywood or other types of coverings may be required.

Q. Can I film on a roof?
A. Our roofs are generally used for panoramic shots and photo shoots, and are subject to various load capacities.

Q. I want to film on a sidewalk adjacent to a DCAS property. Who do I contact?
A. DCAS's jurisdiction often ends at the end of the last step of our buildings; to obtain accurate information for a specific building please contact us.

Q. I want to film in a park adjacent to a DCAS property, who do I contact?
A. Please contact the NYC's Parks & Recreation Department's website and/or the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting at (212)-489-6710.

Q. Do you have holding space available?
A. We do not allow any holding in our buildings, unless you are filming at a DCAS location.

Q. I want to have an event in DCAS space. What do I do?
A. Please email DCAS Film Office Coordinator.