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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 tags and the use of parking privileges for its vehicles. For further explanation, refer to the "Required v. Optional Permit Ruling" on our website: For all other filming, procedures stay the same.
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International Productions
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 Premiere Permits
Effective July 2005, the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (OFTB) began processing permits for all red carpet, film, television and theatre events. The fee structure depends 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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Calendar of Citywide Events
The events listed on this calendar are for informational purposes only and in no way constitute official approval or endorsement from the City of New York.
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Production FAQs
Still have questions? Check out our Production FAQs to see if you need any info we didn't cover.
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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