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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  1. What is the procedure for obtaining permission to film on the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) property?
  2. What should the Letter of Intent contain?
  3. Are there any special requirements for the Certificate of Insurance?
  4. How can I obtain a permit to film?
  5. What is the minimum time required for the approval process?
  6. Is there a location fee or other related charges?
  7. Can I make a donation to a Resident Association or a Community Center instead of paying the location fee?
  8. Can I film or photograph from a rooftop?
  9. Are occupied or unoccupied apartments available for use?
  10. Who can I contact for more information?

  1. What is the procedure for obtaining permission to film on the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) property?

    A Letter of Intent and Certificate of Insurance must be submitted to the Department of Communications Film Mailbox. If your production requires a permit from the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting, then a copy of that permit must be submitted to NYCHA.

  2. What should the Letter of Intent contain?

    The Letter of Intent should include:

    a) Synopsis of production
    b) Name of development and address where production will take place
    c) Proposed shoot date
    d) Proposed start and end times
    e) Specific area within the development to be utilized
    f) Number of persons in cast and crew
    g) Any plans to temporarily alter property
    h) Type of production (feature film, TV documentary, etc.)
    i) Production company name
    j) Contact person’s name, phone number, email address and fax number

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  3. Are there any special requirements for the Certificate of Insurance?

    A certificate of liability insurance must be obtained with the following named as the additional insured or certificate holder.

    New York City Housing Authority
    250 Broadway
    New York, NY 10007

    General liability coverage must be for a minimum of $1 million per occurrence, and $2 million in the aggregate.

    If autos are to be used in the production, there must be coverage of at least $1 million in the combined single limit category.

    Workman’s Compensation coverage must also be obtained, for a minimum of $1 million per accident, unless all cast and crew members are volunteers. If the requestor is a sole proprietor or working as a free-lancer, they need to obtain and complete NY State Form CE-200, which will evidence their exemption from workman’s compensation coverage.

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  4. How can I obtain a New York City permit to film?

    Permits can be obtained at the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting website.

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  5. What is the minimum time required for the approval process?

    It can take approximately 7-10 business days depending on the complexity of the request. Requests for large scale feature films could take significantly longer.

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  6. Is there a location fee or other related charges?

    Yes. Information about location fees can be accessed here on our website. You may also send an email to the Department of Communications Film Mailbox for more information.

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  7. Can I make a donation to a Resident Association or a Community Center instead of paying the location fee?

    No. The donation cannot replace the location fee. However, to further the mission of the New York City Housing Authority to provide decent and affordable housing in a safe and secure living environment throughout the five boroughs, film companies may in addition to the location fee, make a donation directly to NYCHA.

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  8. Can I film or photograph from a rooftop?

    Yes, but as with all other inquiries, your request is subject to review and approval.

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  9. Are occupied or unoccupied apartments available for use?

    Occupied or unoccupied apartments may, at times, be available for use in film productions. However, residents may allow filming in their apartments based on NYCHA’s pre-approval. Unoccupied apartments are sometimes available but on an extremely limited basis.

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  10. Who can I contact for more information?

    Please contact the Department of Communications Film Mailbox.

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