Film & Photo Shoots
You don’t need a permit to photograph in Central Park if you're using handheld equipment or a tripod. However, even when a permit is not required, permission is still necessary to ensure the space is available. If you're bringing other equipment — or if you have any other questions about photography in the Park — please email email@example.com.
Thousands of requests to film and photograph in Central Park are submitted each year, and each application receives personal attention to ensure projects can be completed without damaging landscapes or interfering with the experience enjoyed by more than 42 million visitors each year in Central Park.
Once you receive approval from the Conservancy’s Operations team, you may apply for an official permit with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.
Before planning any shoot in Central Park, please refer to our Guidelines for Filming and Photography in Central Park and Guidelines for Vehicle Use in Central Park. While there are no fees to film or photograph in Central Park, donations to Central Park Conservancy are greatly appreciated. These funds help to restore and maintain Central Park so it can continue to be enjoyed by all.
Guidelines for Filming and Photography in Central Park
The objective of these guidelines is to make Central Park easily accessible for all film productions while protecting and respecting the Park and its visitors, structures, trees, plants, grass, and wildlife.
All applicants must contact and receive approval from Central Park Conservancy’s Film and Special Events staff prior to filming. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow for a minimum of 3 business days prior to your selected film/shoot date.
Prohibited in Central Park
- Filming in playgrounds, the Bowling Green, the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, closed landscapes, restricted areas, and all Parks Department facilities, including all comfort stations and visitor centers
- Using props, lighting or other equipment in the following areas: Sheep Meadow, East Green, Strawberry Fields, The Ramble, Hernshead, Cedar Hill, Great Lawn, North Meadow, and the North Woods
- Tying, draping or attaching in any way, rope, props, or equipment to trees, shrubs, fences, or benches
- Tying or attaching anything to any architectural features or statues, sculptures, or fountains
- Cutting, tying back or altering shrubs, plantings, or trees in any way
- Leaving uncovered cable when crossing any path. Cable ramps must be used.
- Posting direction signs for filming locations of any kind on sculptures, trees, fences, or light poles
- Digging and/or staking
- Using open flames
- Using amplified sound of any kind
- Tenting, popup tents, or using plastic tarps
- Offering gifts or payments to Park employees
- Using benches or other structures as storage areas
- Exclusive use of any area; pedestrian traffic must be allowed through between takes.
Central Park has a policy of Carry In - Carry Out
All materials brought in by a production company, including trash, must be removed from the Park; Park trash receptacles cannot be used to dispose of any waste. Film companies will be summonsed for any trash left behind or scattered across landscapes. Film companies are responsible for any and all damage to Park property. All areas should be left in the condition in which they were found. Any damage must be reported to the Central Park Conservancy and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment immediately.
Guidelines for Vehicle Use in Central Park
Parking is not guaranteed and is ONLY available to productions that have received permission from Central Park Conservancy’s Film and Special Events staff. Parking is granted on a first come, first served basis.
Vehicle Use is Restricted as Follows:
- Production vehicles are allowed ONLY on Center Road (commonly known as Dead Road) with advance approval
- Park Enforcement and NYPD will summons all vehicles without permits
- No personal vehicles are allowed in the Park
- Speed limit: 15 mph on Central Park Drives
- Vehicles are only allowed on Park Drives following the correct direction of traffic
- No vehicles are allowed on the Bridle Paths
- Vehicles cannot stop on Central Park drives at any time
- Vehicles must not block paths
- Stopped vehicles must turn off their engines (no idling)
- Pedestrian paths and closed drives cannot be used as shortcuts
- Trucks and oversized vehicles must receive special permission to park in Central Park
Center Road (Commonly known as Dead Road)
Guidelines: All vehicles on Center Road must be pre-approved by Central Park Conservancy’s Film and Special Events staff. Center Road is heavily used and cannot be exclusively utilized for production parking. All vehicles must be parked on one side in a single file row. Vehicles or production equipment cannot block walkways. Exposed cables must be covered with cable ramps.
Directions: Please contact Central Park Operation’s Film and Special Events staff for directions.