Film Permit Application Information

A filming permit is required for individuals and businesses wishing to conduct commercial film, television, video, photography and all other media use projects taking place on public property or private property.

Please find all pertinent regulations below.  Complete the permit application and submit via email to the City Clerk’s Office along with the following documentation:

  1. Signed Property Owner Consent Form
  2. Liability insurance certificate naming the City of New Rochelle as the additional insured
  3. Workers compensation coverage (C105.2 form)
  4. Disability coverage (DB-120.01 form)
  5. Parking plan sketch

Film Permit Application

Once the application and required supporting documentation has been submitted, the City Clerk’s office will review and reply via email with the next steps of the application process.  Work must not commence until the official permit has been issued.  Once issued, the permit must be in the possession of the applicant on location at all times.


Application regulations:  

1.  A Permit is required to film, videotape, video record, televise or take still photographs for commercial purposes (including student and not for profit projects) on public or private property. All filming must adhere to City Code regulations (i.e.: no graffiti or open fires). All activity associated with filming shall be fully disclosed on the application form and shall not be amended. Permits must be signed by the property owner, even if filming in a rented space/business, and their phone number must be provided. 

2.  No permit shall be issued for filming on a property with open Zoning Code, Building Code, Property Maintenance Code and/or Fire Code violations. 

3.  A Filming Permit application must be submitted in completed form with all applicable fees, including a non-refundable $500.00 preliminary application fee, at least one week prior to the first day of proposed filming. This fee shall be applied to the final filming permit fees, if applicable. 

4.  Standardized fees including prep, restoration, and photos/stills, TV, commercials, film/movies and base camp range between $100.00 - $5,000.00 per day. Additional administrative and personnel costs are levied based upon details of application. Fees are not refundable. 

5.  The permittee shall provide the City with the names, addresses and telephone, pager, cellular phone numbers of at least two contact people who are available 24-hours/day and who are authorized to act on behalf of the Permittee should the need arise. 

6.  Location fees for filming on private property are between the property owner and the film company. 

7.  A certificate of insurance and an endorsement naming the City of New Rochelle as an additional insured, with minimum coverage of $2,000,000 for public liability and $1,000,000 for property damage, together with evidence of statutory workers’ compensation coverage (C-105.2 form) and disability coverage (form DB-120.1) are required. 

8.  Filming, including all setup and strike activities shall only be conducted between the hours of 7:00 AM and 11:00 PM Monday through Friday, and between the hours of 9 AM and 11 PM Saturday through Sunday. No filming shall be permitted on legal and religious holidays. 

9.  Off duty patrol officers may be required, addressed on an individual shoot basis. If an off duty patrol officer is required, the film company must contact Special Services in the Police Department by calling: (914) 654-2221. 

10.  Permittees are required to personally deliver or to mail a photocopy of the filming permit, and/or a letter of intent to film, to all owners of real property located within 100 feet of a property line of the filming and/or recording site as shown on the latest assessment roll of the City Assessor and to all owners of real property located on the same street as the filming and/or recording site who are located within 500 feet of a property line of such site, all at least two calendar days for personal delivery or four postmarked mail delivery days for mailing prior to the first day of filming and/or recording. The City Manager may require notice to additional owners of real property in the vicinity if conditions of the filming and/or recording so warrant. A list will be provided to you. 

11.  Filming regulations are outlined in the City’s Code Section 142, and are available here

Our beautiful parks, historic houses with stunning architecture, display of public art and our vibrant downtown allows the City of New Rochelle to be an ideal location for filming.