The New York City Housing Authority (“NYCHA”) developments and grounds are
private property. Prior permission must be granted to an individual or
production company seeking to videotape, film, or produce still photography on
NYCHA property. Please see below for more information.
Location Scouting All
requests to scout on NYCHA sites are to be directed to the Department of
Communications. Production companies are allowed to scout rooftop locations as
long as they are accompanied by a member of the development staff. If a location
scout requests to view any apartment(s), occupied or otherwise, they must be
accompanied by a NYCHA staff. An occupied apartment cannot be entered without
Letter of Intent An
individual or production company interested in filming on NYCHA property must
submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) seven (7) to ten (10) business days prior to the
intended start date. The LOI must provide a brief synopsis of the story and
respond to specific questions concerning the date, time and place of the
proposed production. If the Letter of Intent is approved, the individual or
production company must obtain a Certificate of General Liability Insurance for
an aggregate amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000) and, if required, a
permit from the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting before the
New York City Housing Authority will issue a Letter Agreement for production on
The New York City Housing Authority reserves the right to automatically deny
approval of any request submitted later than the seven to ten day time
Certificate of Insurance A
Certificate of Comprehensive General Liability Insurance must be presented to
the Department of Communications with the following: "New York City Housing
Authority Risk/Finance Division, 90 Church Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY
10007" named as the Additionally Insured. No certificate is accepted without
The Certificate of Comprehensive General Liability Insurance covering the New
York City Housing Authority must be for a minimum of one million dollars
($1,000,000) per incident, and two million dollars ($2,000,000) in the
aggregate. Additionally, worker's compensation insurance must be obtained for
all employees of the Licensee, and employer's liability insurance must be
obtained as well. Automobile liability insurance for vehicles used in connection
with the production must be obtained with coverage of at least one million
dollars ($1,000,000) per occurrence for bodily injury and property damage.
Permit In addition to an
approved Letter of Intent and Certificate of Comprehensive General Liability
Insurance, an approved permit from the NYC
Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting, must be obtained and
forwarded to NYCHA's Department of Communications, if required by the MOFTB.
This permit must be signed and dated by all appropriate personnel in order to be
accepted by the New York City Housing Authority.
Agreement Provided that the requirements for the Letter of Intent,
Certificate of Comprehensive General Liability Insurance and the Mayor's Office
of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting permit have been satisfied, and the New York
City Housing Authority has given its approval, NYCHA then issues a Letter
Agreement to the production company or individual. This Letter Agreement sets
forth the terms and conditions under which the production will take place. It
names the NYCHA locations being utilized for the production. It also indicates
the date(s) and time(s) for the production, as well as the company or individual
being granted permission.
The Letter Agreement must be signed by the Chief Communications Officer of
the Department of Communications, or designee, on behalf of the New York City
Housing Authority and the production company or individual.
Both the Department of Communications and the production company or
individual must maintain executed copies of the Letter Agreement.