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Film Shoots Permitting for Public Space

New York City is a major hotspot for media and entertainment production.

For the last several years, mainstream film and television productions have expanded in the city.The number of movies filmed in the city has been growing steadily.

While the film industry plays an important role in the New York City economy, film and television productions can negatively impact New Yorkers’ quality of life.

Residents have complained of sound pollution from generator trucks, bright lights, and being prevented from walking on their streets during film shoots

While the film shoots may benefit small businesses, since film staff purchase food, drinks, and materials from local businesses, large film shoots can disrupt daily business operations.

Film Permits Issued, 2020

1,031 Permits

855 Permits

530 Permits

The Bronx
129 Permits

Staten Island
14 Permits

Permits Affecting Street Parking


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Permits Affecting Street Parking Over Time

For the last several years, mainstream film and television productions have also expanded in the city.

For example, in 2012, 162 movies were filmed in New York City; in 2018, that number rose to over 330.

The number of episodic television series filmed in New York City has also continued to grow.

While the City is home to approximately 118 different production studios and stages, production studios and stage infrastructure have grown to accommodate the rise of film and television content.

Film Permits By Year

2012 – Aug 2021

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (“MOME”) serves as a liaison between the film industry and New York City (NYC) government. MOME encompasses the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (“MOFTB”) and NYC Media.

Under the current system, producers are required to seek a permit from MOFTB for a variety of reasons including: parking privileges, use of City property, stunts, use of prop weapons, use of prop vehicles, or if actors will appear in police uniform. Data presented here focuses on permits requesting parking privileges.

Such permits have a $300 application fee and an insurance requirement.

These permits may provide productions with free police assistance, free parking privileges and access to most exterior locations, including City parks, without charge, although some locations may require additional permission from controlling entities.

Hours of Permitted Filming

By Month, 2019-2021

Note: Total number of hours allotted for permitted filming that affected parking per month in 2019-2021.

Lack of Complaint Data

Generally speaking, it is difficult to obtain data regarding complaints about the film industry.

While residents affected by the expansion of the film industry have raised concerns both in online groups and to 311, the 311 data on the Open Data Portal has no distinct category for complaints related to the film industry.

Without a separate category of data, it is difficult to take a deeper look into the nature of 311 complaints related to the film industry, as there is no way to identify common issues across 311 complaints.

Additionally, the dataset regarding film permits on the Open Data Portal is missing records for film permits issued in 2016 or 2017.

The gaps in the data complicate the ability for interested parties, including good government groups, to conduct oversight on MOME.

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Created by the NYC Council Data Team.