Permits, Insurance and Filming Regulations


If you wish to secure one or more film permits, please write a letter of intent that includes a description of the video or film project, including script or storyboards; location(s) of shoot; times and dates; number of cast and crew; total number of vehicles; what they will be doing, and send to:

Ms. Brenda Jones
Department of Communication – Office of the Mayor
City of Newark, Room 214
920 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Please “cc” the following on the letter of intent and also send to:

David Shoner
NJ Film Commission
153 Halsey Street, 5th Floor
Newark, New Jersey 07102

You may also reach the NJ Film Commission at (973) 648-6279

The letter should include all pertinent information, i.e.: description of video or film, including script or storyboards; location(s) of shoot; times and dates; number of cast and crew; total of vehicles, and what they will be doing.


The City of Newark shall be named an additional insured on the Licensee’s comprehensive General Liability Insurance Policy, which shall be written up to a minimum of $2 million in coverage.

Licensee’s insurance coverage shall be primary insurance as respect to the City of Newark, its officers, officials, employees and volunteers.  Any insurance or self-insurance maintained by the City of Newark, its officers, officials, employees or volunteers shall be excess of Licensee’s insurance and shall not contribute with it.

Licensee must provide the City of Newark with a copy of the Additional Insured Broad Endorsement Form.

Licensee should maintain Workers Compensation insurance as required by law.

If you have any questions about insurance matters, please contact Kelly Lake at the Office of Corporation Counsel at (973) 733-3880.


Your film production may be subject to permit and location fees. In place of a permit, a license agreement/contract must be signed.  Producers seeking to film in Newark should You should arrange a meeting with Brenda L. Jones at the Department of Communications, City of Newark, Room 214, 920 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102.


The City of Newark Police Department is available to help provide street access, closures and security. We ask that you provide at least 4 business days lead-time prior to day of production.

Please note that film and production companies cannot directly hire police officers, and must communicate and hire through the City of Newark. Officers are not involved in negotiating pay for service of film productions on public property, including city streets.

For more details on how to secure police services, please contact:

Robert Purcell
Lieutenant of Police
Office of the Police Director
31 Green Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Tel: 973-733-6119
Email: [email protected]

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