Permit - FAQ

Do I Need A Permit?

Permit Application Fee: Your permit will not be processed until you have paid a non-refundable annual application fee determined by the footprint and subsequent classification of your production. Fill out the production application and you will receive an email with a payment link. When have paid via the link your application will be processed. Additional fees will be determined according to your production requirements. Please see Types of Permits for fees.

If your production has any of the following, you require a permit. Please see Types of Permits to see which is appropriate for your production. All locations must be submitted when you file the application. Submit a new permit for each production day.

  • 4 or more total cast and crew on the set
  • Jibs, dollies, lights or reflectors on stands
  • Permitted parking
  • Actors dressed as public safety officials or first responders
  • Prop firearms or weapons
  • Flame of any kind
  • Street closure
  • Utilizing a City-owned building as a location
  • Exclusive access to a public space
  • You are  flying a drone (requires permit whatever size cast crew)

The permit we issue to your production provides access to public locations and street parking for essential production vehicles throughout public and city-owned properties in the City of Jersey City.

All permit applications should be received fourteen (14)  business days prior to the shoot day. No application will be accepted within seventy-two (72) hours prior to the shoot day.

If your production requires street closure or intermittent street closure, a meeting with Traffic and Transportation, the JCPD, and Parking  will be required. 

All permits require an approved COI. Please see the Insurance FAQ for complete information.

Every application must include the following:

  • A comprehensive shoot plan that states  the action at each location, including personnel, camera movement and positions
  • Location map(s) showing shoot area positions of camera, cast and crew, video village, staging areas and requested parking for production vehicles. No personal vehicles will be given parking permits.

A walkthrough will be scheduled once these are submitted.

No permit is required if the following is met:

  • 3 or fewer total people on the set
  • 2 cameras or fewer with tripods or handheld
  • No parking is requested
  • You are not using audio or light stands
  • You do not require exclusive access
  • You do not require police (see restrictions)
  • You are not using a drone

Shooting on public property may incur a maintenance fee. These are on a sliding scale, depending upon your footprint and location.

See Types of Permits below to view permit requirements.

Please Note: All locations must be included when Permit Request is submitted. Once submitted additional locations cannot be added. File a separate permit for each additional day.

By making application for a permit, applicant, its officers, agents, contractors, servants, consultants, employees and affiliates agree to indemnify and hold harmless the City of Jersey City, its authorized agents, officers, representatives and employees from any and all losses, liability, expense, claim or damages including, without limitation, defense costs and reasonable legal fees resulting from any and all activities including any accident, loss, injury to or death of persons or damage to property which the City may incur arising out of or related to the Filming and/or Photography permitted under the permit, including but not limited to the City’s issuance of a permit to film pursuant to this chapter, The applicant’s liability under the permit shall continue after the expiration of the permit with respect to any loss, damage or act occurring prior to the expiration of the permit.

Types of Permits

$1000 expedited permit will be assessed for applications that are submitted fewer than 4 business days prior to shoot date.

Minor Production Permit 

Productions with personnel numbering between 4 and 16  people utilizing up to two  cameras, minimal equipment such as a Steadicam, or boom mic. No stands (lighting or bounce) with a limit of 3 or fewer parking spaces (15' each, calculated at $20/space per day).

The fee for a minor production permit is $100 non-refundable application fee, good for the same production through the calendar year payable online. $250 per day.

Intermediate Production Permit

Commercial still photo shoots, web series, independent films, short films  16 or more cast and crew members with a limit of 10 or fewer parking spaces (15' each, calculated at $20/space per day).

The fee for an intermediate production permit is $200 non-refundable application fee, good for the same production through the calendar year payable online. $1000 per day.

Major Production Permit

Major motion pictures, commercials, TV series, network, cable, streaming services (eg. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.)   Ten (10) or more parking spaces (each is 15' calculated at $20/space per day). Production is required to basecamp production vehicles.

The fee for a major production permit is $300 non-refundable application fee, good for the same production through the calendar year payable online. $1500 per day.

Student Film

If you are shooting a student film, we will waive the permit fee with accredited school  documentation, but insurance is required for productions larger than 4 people cast and crew.  No permitted parking will be issued for student films.

No Permit

No permit or insurance are required if your shoot utilizes:

  • 1-3 people
  • Hand-held equipment 
  • Up to 2 cameras on tripods that don't obstruct pedestrian or vehicular traffic
  • No lighting or audio stands (reflectors held by crew are permitted)
  • No permitted parking
  • No drones
  • Credentialed press photographers and videographers do not need permits

NOTE: If you require street closure/ITC, have  actors dressed in public safety or first responder uniforms, prop firearms, special effects using flames, or prop public safety or first responder vehicles,  your production will be bumped up to an Intermediate or Major permit.

Insurance

All permitted films in Jersey City require insurance. Before you receive a permit, you must submit and receive approval, a CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE (COI), which must include the following:

•     Commercial General Liability (CHL) insurance with a minimum of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 in the aggregate

•     Evidence of Workers Compensation for all employees with NJ Statutory limits

•     Automobile liability (AL), with a $1,000,000 combined single limit, if you will be using vehicles, owned and/or rented/hired for transporting cast, crew or equipment, and/or are parking on a City street

•     Name on application must match that on the COI

•     Insurance policies must contain valid effective dates covering the date of filming

•     COI must name “the City of Jersey City and it’s employees, agents and officers as Additional Insured (AI) on CGL and AL coverage

•     COI Certificate Holder must be listed as CITY OF JERSEY CITY, 280 Grove Street, Jersey City NJ 07302

Please include the name of the insurance company and broker (with signature), dates for which the policy is in effect and the policy number.

We cannot issue a permit until the COI has been received and approved by the City of Jersey City's Office of Risk Management.

Student Films

STUDENT FILMS REQUIRE INSURANCE TO RECEIVE A FILMJC PERMIT.

Students producing films as part of their curriculum are covered under the school's insurance policy. Check with your school's risk management department or FilmJC for how to obtain an insurance certificate. The COI through your school can take up to several weeks to receive. Start this process early!

Permit Checklist

FILMJC CHECKLIST

1. VALID SIGNED COI WITH LIABILITY, AUTO LIABILITY & WORKER COMP

2. LOCATION AGREEMENTS

3. LOCATION AGREEMENTS FOR PRIVATE LOCATIONS

3. SHOOT PLAN -  DOESN'T HAVE TO BE ELABORATE, BUT WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO NON-FILM PROFESSIONALS

4. PARKING REQUEST WITH MAP

  • Parking request with map of desired location must be submitted at least 4 business days prior to shoot day or permitted parking will not be granted
  • Parking is not guaranteed except for 3 – 18’ trucks; request is subject to road or utility work
  • Up to seven - 15’ parking spaces may be reserved in residential neighborhoods before triggering replacement parking for residents
  •  Non-essential trucks must be base camped; no SUVs or private vehicles other than picture cars will be permitted

5. FOOD TRUCKS - VALID JERSEY CITY FIRE PERMIT

6. GENERATORS - FIRE PERMIT FOR OUTDOOR GENNY >61 GALLONS AND ALL INTERIOR GENNYS

7. LETTER TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD must be disseminated on the affected blocks prior to or simultaneously with parking signs posted. Use/modify  the template on filmjc.org

NOTE: PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WHILE FILMJC IS ABLE TO EXPEDITE SOME FILMS WITHIN 4 DAYS WITH A EXPEDITE $1000 FEE, FOR LARGER FOOTPRINT PRODUCTIONS REQUIRING MORE SUPPORT, WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR REQUEST.

City - FAQ

Parking

If your production requires parking for production vehicles, we must scout your location, and receive your completed parking request no later than 5 business days prior to your shoot. All requests must be approved by the Parking Department and are subject to limitations of construction or roadwork in the area.

Please note: there is no parking allowed on Exchange Place under any circumstances, and if you require parking close to the Waterfront Walkway, the Parking Department requires 10 business days notice.

Please see information under individual permit types for parking space numbers and fees.

CREW AND PERSONAL VEHICLES WILL NOT BE GIVEN PARKING PERMITS.

Parking fees: $20 per parking space (15') per day. The Parking Department requires 72 hours (3 business days) for any requests and signs must be posted at least 48 hours prior to start of requested permitted parking.  Signs must be removed from the location by the production upon wrap. City trash receptacles may not be used for signs. (Jersey City Ordinance 22-023)

Once your application is approved and paid, you will be emailed a PDF of the film permit, which must be displayed prominently on the dashboard of each permitted vehicle at all times.

If you are filming inside private property, and require reserved parking for essential vehicles on public City streets, you must apply for and receive a FilmJC permit. If you are inside private property that has its own parking facility, you do not require a FilmJC permit.

PARKING SIGNS MUST BE REMOVED BY THE PRODUCTION AT THE END OF THE SHOOT.

Once signs are printed, parking fees will be charged for one day of parking.

Police and Fire

POLICE

There are specific circumstances where  the City  requires that you hire a Jersey City off duty  police officer.

  • Use of prop firearms
  • Pyrotechnics and some special effects
  • Stunts
  • Actors dressed as public safety or first responder  personnel
  • Prop public safety or emergency  vehicles
  • Some controlled intersections 

Street closures and ITC require traffic control, either with off duty police officers, or  with flaggers, depending upon the type of intersection. Fees for officers are $67.00  per hour, with a 4 hour and 2 officer  minimum. Cancellations must be made 24 hours or more prior to the start of your shoot.

Please note: Application for a film permit requiring a police officer must be remitted at least 4 business days prior to the scheduled shoot day. Payment for off duty police must be made by credit card (billed by FilmJC) or by certified check delivered to 1 Journal Square at least 2 days prior to your shoot day.

County-owned roadways such as JFK Boulevard, require permitting by the Hudson County sheriff's office. 

FIRE

  • Exterior generators, including van gennys (add the gas tank to total)  holding >60 gallons require a permit
  • All interior generators require a permit
  • All food trucks must have a valid JERSEY CITY fire permit (Email us for a list of Jersey City food trucks. Be aware that the permit process is done by the truck owner and can take time. Email for the applications)

Fire permit applications must be submitted to Fire Headquarters, 465 Marin Blvd, JC NJ 07302

 

Crediting the City of Jersey City

The City of Jersey City requests that  the following  language appear in the end credits:

•  For films or series shot partly on location in Jersey City or with any assistance from FilmJC:

                   Scenes were filmed on location in the City of Jersey City

                  ( or)

                  Thanks to the residents and  City of Jersey City

•   For films or series shot primarily or entirely in Jersey City with assistance from FilmJC:

                   Shot on location in the City of Jersey City

                   (or)

                   Filmed in Jersey City

The FilmJC logo may be used. Please request a high res file.

 

Filming in Jersey City Public Buildings

Some Jersey City public buildings may be available as locations. Please contact us directly for information. Each request will be decided on a case-by-case basis, and will incur additional fees for maintenance and security.  Additional insurance may also be required.

Use our contact form or 201-547-5083

Letters to the Neighborhood

To inform residents and merchants who may be directly affected by the production (including by parking and meal areas and basecamps), a letter to residents and businesses must be written and dropped in the mailbox of each home or store on the street of your location or where production vehicles will be parked at least 48 hours prior to filming.

Please use the sample Letter to Residents and Businesses, and include the following information in your letter to residents and businesses:

  • Production company name
  • Contact information of location or production manager and cell phone 
  • Production title 
  • Type of production (feature film, television show or pilot, commercial, etc.)
  • Description of activity
  • Dates, times, number of days of production, including prep and strike

Private and Special Jurisdiction Locations

Private Locations:

Please submit a letter of agreement for each private location where you are shooting. The letter must contain the date of your production, the location address, and signatures of both production representative, and the location owner. The letter must be on the private location's company letterhead for commercial locations.

Additional permits and payment may be required for city-owned locations. Please contact our office at 201-547-5083

Special Jurisdiction Locations:

For any location sites not directly available through our permit, FilmJC may be able to direct you the appropriate office for your requests. These include the Port Authority (PATH), New Jersey Transit (Light Rail and buses), government buildings, parks and landmarks under county, state or federal jurisdiction, and some Jersey City-owned buildings and thoroughfares.

Additional permits, insurance and maintenance fees may be required for Special Jurisdiction Locations.