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.
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.
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 walkthrough will be scheduled once these are submitted.
No permit is required if the following is met:
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.
Expedited Permitting $1000 expedited permit (fewer than 4 business days prior to shoot date)
Productions with personnel numbering between 4 and 16 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.
Commercial still photo shoots, web series, independent films, short films 16 or more cast and crew members with a limit of 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 motion pictures, commercials, TV series, network, cable, streaming services (eg. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.) 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.
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 permit or insurance are required if your shoot utilizes:
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.
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 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!