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Unmanned Aircraft (UA) Permits

A permit is required in order to take-off or land any FAA-registered, FAA-compliant UA lawfully within the City.

The NYPD, in partnership with the Department of Transportation (DOT), reviews these permit applications and either approves or disapproves them.

If you have questions about or wish to apply for a Permit for Take-Off and Landing of Unmanned Aircraft (drone), please visit

Sidewalk Sheds

Sidewalk sheds are temporary structures built to protect people or property during construction, demolition or remediation work. The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) provides the Active Sidewalk Shed Permits map which is a planning tool as you scout and pre-plan your locations.
For a list of currently permitted Sidewalk Sheds see the Active Sidewalk Shed Permits map.


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.
More about permits for Students

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.
More about International Productions

Red Carpet Premiere Permits

The Film Office processes Premiere Permits in connection with certain entertainment events held in New York City. These include entertainment events associated with red carpet movie premieres, theatre openings, and other similar events held with respect to films, television programs, commercials, and radio productions. Fees are based on the City resources required as determined by the anticipated attendance at events to be held and extent of the impact on City property. 
More about Red Carpet Premiere Permits

Calendar of Citywide Events

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.
Calendar of Citywide Events