Shoot your Project in NYC With These 3 Steps!

The Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting looks to support film and television productions of all shapes and sizes, and we look to make each and every one of those projects a clear, seamless, and enjoyable production experience. The steps outlined below can guide you through our simple process, or if you're looking for something specific, you can keep scrolling down and also look on the left hand navigation for specific sections. Thanks for visiting our site and good luck with your production!

When A Permit is Required

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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In order for you or your organization to be eligible for a Motion Picture or Television 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.
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Optional Permit

When a permit is not required, it is possible to apply for an optional permit. A person wishing to apply for an optional permit would provide much of the same information as someone seeking a required permit (e.g. request for dates, times and locations and contact information). Liability insurance is not required in connection with an optional permit.
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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.
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Online Application

New projects should use this online permitting system to file for permits. We require all applicants to create an account with our office. You will be required to create a project and enter production information and insurance information. If you have already created an account, or have an existing account with the Street Activity Permit Office or Department of Parks, please login.
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Community Outreach

All productions are expected to adhere to our Code of Conduct, or Keys to the City, listed below or will face possible revocation of its film permit or other action. A copy of this directive must be distributed to all production personnel. But before going through our "Keys to the City", some general rules to follow before kicking off your production are available below.
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Before doing anything, ask yourself, "Do I need a permit?" A permit is no longer needed if you are using ONLY a camera and tripod, along with any handheld equipment - AND if filming activity does not involve the assertion of exclusive use of City property AND does not request parking privileges for its vehicles.
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This information has been compiled for the convenience of non-U.S. based individuals and production companies wishing to shoot a film or video project in New York City. When applying for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa, there are two government agencies which you will work with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State.
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Red Carpet

Effective July 2005, the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (OFTB) processes permits for all red carpet, film, television and theatre events. The fee structure will depend on the size and the scope of the event/venue. For example, an event at Radio City Music Hall would be considered large, an event at the Ziegfeld Theatre would be considered medium, and an event at the Chelsea Clearview Cinemas would be considered a small event.
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Citywide Calendar

Are you planning on shooting a film or television production in NYC? Check New York City's official calendar first to make sure your shoot doesn't conflict with a parade, street fair or other City event.
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