Courtesy of The NY Times
New rules about when filmmakers and photographers must obtain permits when they shoot on New York City streets have been made official, The Associated Press reported. Under the new rules, productions must have permits and at least $1 million in insurance if they plan to leave less than eight feet of open space on a sidewalk or take over a lane of traffic.
The announcement was made on Monday by Katherine Oliver, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, and the rules take effect on Aug. 13. Permits and insurance are required for shoots that involve vehicles or equipment other than hand-held devices or cameras on tripods. The rules are in response to a lawsuit by Rakesh Sharma, an Indian documentary filmmaker who was detained by police in 2005 after using a hand-held video camera in Midtown. They won’t apply to casual photographers.
To all NY filmmakers out there if you wanna shoot and not get hounded by the cops getting a permit is always wise. NYC can be very accomodating to indie filmmakers if you take the appropriate steps in preproduction before shooting.