Filming and Photography Authorized by DEP
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)
Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rules
Consistent with Citywide policy, the Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) supports film production activities on properties and within facilities under its jurisdiction. Given the increased regularity of such filming activities, it has become necessary to codify the process that has been followed over time. Such codification is also consistent with the City Charter requirement that agencies whose procedures or requirements affect the general public shall promulgate rules governing such activities. The purpose of these rules is thus to provide clear guidance to the persons and entities who wish to engage in film and photography shoots on properties and within facilities under the jurisdiction of DEP, activities which require that they obtain permits from the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (“MOFTB”).
The proposed rules set forth: (i) how to obtain authorization for pre-production location scouting at DEP facilities; (ii) the documentation that must be approved by DEP prior to production, which includes a letter of intent, a location agreement, and proof of insurance; (iii) the requirement to obtain a permit from MOFTB prior to production; and (iv) the post-production responsibilities of the filmmakers or photographers, which includes reimbursing DEP for the personnel costs it incurred and for any DEP property damaged during the film or photography shoot. This proposal would be encompassed in a new Chapter 46 of Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York.