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.) The CERTIFICATE must include:

1. The name and address of the insured person or production company.
2. The Certificate Holder must read as follows:
The City of New York
Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
1697 Broadway, Suite 602
New York, NY 10019

3. The Description of Operations on the certificate must read as follows: "The City of New York, including its officials and employees, is additional insured."
4. That the policy provides at least One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) [usually listed as 1,000 thousands] in US currency or its equivalent of Comprehensive General Liability for each instance of claim.
5. The name of the insurance company and of the broker, with the broker's signature and phone number.
6. The policy number.
7. The dates for which the policy is in effect, including both the start and expiration dates.
8. That the policy may not be modified or canceled without seven days prior written notification to the  Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting.

PDFs of Insurance certificates are accepted via email to ONLY if sent directly by the insurance broker. We are not able to accept insurance certificates submitted by production companies or individuals.

Student Films: Students must obtain a letter from their school, on the school's letterhead, stating the student's name, their status as a student (i.e. full-time, in good standing) the date(s) of the shoot and the signature of the appropriate representative from the school. For students whose schools are located outside of New York City, please check with our office to see if your school's insurance is on file with us.

Insurance Brokers

PLEASE NOTE: The appearance of any broker on this list does not constitute an endorsement of said broker by the City of New York. The listing is provided simply as a convenience for persons or organizations who do not have insurance and wish to investigate the various companies specializing in Comprehensive General Liability geared to the entertainment industry.
American Agents & Brokers, Inc.
19 Fulton Street, Suite 308A
New York, NY 10038
GFI Insurance Services
50 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
212-668-1444 ext. 113
AON/Albert G. Ruben
48 West 25th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Honig Conte Porrino Insurance Agency, Inc.
129 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Butler Brokerage
Entertainment Division
244 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10001
HSBC Insurance Agency (USA) Inc.
452 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
212/525-6368 or 866/410-1540
C&S International Insurance

19 Fulton Street, Suite #308A
New York, NY 10038
212/406-4499 or 800/257-0883
Kornreich - NIA
521 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10175
Casswood Insurance Agency Ltd.
Entertainment Division
5 Executive Park
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Marsh Risk & Insurance Services.
National Entertainment Practice
1166 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036-2774
DeWitt Stern Group, Inc.
420 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10170
Reiff Associates LLC
254 West 54th Street, 12th floor
New York, NY 10019
E.G. Bowman Co, Inc.
97 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
Robertson Taylor International Insurance Brokers
70 West 40th Street, Mezzanine Floor
New York, NY 10018
Event Insurance Brokers LLC
19 Fulton Street, Suite 308A
New York, NY 10038
Robert M. Davidson
P.O. Box 566
Chappaqua, NY 10514
Film Emporium
274 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Taylor & Taylor Associates, Inc.
16 East 40th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10016
General Marine Inc.
1325 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 2800
New York, NY 10019
212/348-9333 x 26
USI Entertainment Insurance Services
470 Park Avenue South, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10016
800/USI-9378 ext. 5471

Ventura Insurance Brokerage
777 Third Avenue, 26th floor
New York, NY 10017

3 Steps to a Permit!

Step 1

When a Permit Is Required and Fee Info
Insurance Requirements
Optional Permit

Step 2

Filming in a Park
Online Application

Step 3

Find a Community Board
Find a City Council District
Find a Business Improvement District
Sample Resident Letter

Step 4

International Productions
Red Carpet Premire Permits
Calendar of Citywide Events