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

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) business days prior to the shoot day.

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 exactly what you will be doing at each location, including personnel, camera position(s)
  • Location map(s) showing shoot area where camera, cast and crew, basecamp, 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)

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

Expedited Permitting $1000 expedited permit (fewer than 4 business days prior to shoot date)

Minor Production Permit 

Productions with personnel numbering between 4 and 29 people utilizing two or more cameras, equipment such as a jib, Steadicam or dolly, boom mic.

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

Intermediate Production Permit

Commercial still photo shoots, web series, independent films, short films under 16 cast and crew members; 10 or fewer production vehicles.

The fee for an intermediate production permit is $200 non-refundable application fee, good 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.) A  ten (10) or more vehicles.

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

Free Permit

If you are shooting a student film, we will waive the permit fee, but insurance is required for productions larger than 4 people cast and crew. 

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)
  • Credentialed press photographers and videographers do not need permits
  • No parking permits

If your production requires street closure, actors dressed in public safety or first responder uniforms, prop firearms, special effects using flames, you must have a permit, regardless of cast/crew number.

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!

 

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.

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.

The permit provides reserved parking at locations only for up to 10 movie vehicles essential to your shoot. These vehicles include equipment trucks, cranes, campers, lifts and honeywagons. CREW AND PERSONAL VEHICLES WILL NOT BE GIVEN PARKING PERMITS.

Once your application is approved and paid, you will be able to download 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.

Parking may be cancelled without incurring a fee up to 2 business days prior to the shoot.

Police

In certain circumstances, the City will require that you hire a police officer.

  • Use of prop firearms
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Actors dressed as emergency personnel
  • Some controlled intersections 

Street closures require traffic control, some with police officers, others with flag men or women. The city reserves the right to mandate the hiring of a  police  officer.  Fees for officers are $67 total per hour, with a 4 hour minimum. Cancellations must be done 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.

Crediting the City of Jersey City

The City of Jersey City requires 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)

                  ...Would like to thank the City of Jersey City

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

                   ...was shot on location in the City of Jersey City

                   (or)

                   Filmed in Jersey City

FilmJC logo must appear with credit; please contact us for high resolution vector graphic

There is no credit requirement for productions shot entirely on private property IF there has been no assistance from FilmJC or any City of Jersey City department, or in commercials, PSAs or videos that do not contain end credits.

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.

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Notify 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.