Village of Ocean Beach, NY
Suffolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ocean Beach 4-25-1998 by L.L. No. 4-1998. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Peace and good order — See Ch. 123.

§ 107-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FILMING
The taking of still or motion pictures, either on film, videotape or similar recording equipment, for commercial or educational purposes, intended for viewing on television or in theaters or for institutional use or for advertising purposes. The provisions of this chapter shall not be deemed to include the filming of news stories within the Village of Ocean Beach.
PUBLIC LANDS
Any and every public walk, street, highway, sidewalk or square, public park or playground or dock or bulkhead or other public place within the Village of Ocean Beach which is within the jurisdiction and control of the Village of Ocean Beach.

§ 107-2 Permit required; application.

A. 
No person, firm or corporation shall film or permit filming within the Village of Ocean Beach without first obtaining a permit therefor, which permit shall set for the location of such filming and the date or dates when filming shall take place.
B. 
Permits shall be obtained in the office of the Village Administrator during normal business hours. Applications for such permits shall be in a form approved by the Village Clerk and the Village Administrator and shall be accompanied by a permit fee as set forth in § 107-14. Incidental use of a public walk, sidewalk or street which does not result in the closing of the walk or street or sidewalk to public use shall not be considered filming on public land.
C. 
Where filming takes place on private property, permission of the owner must be obtained, in writing, and a village permit shall also be required.
D. 
One permit shall be required for each location.

§ 107-3 Frequency restricted.

No permit shall be issued for filming at a particular location in a residential zone within the Village of Ocean Beach which would permit filming at said location on more than four days during any one calendar year.

§ 107-4 Insurance indemnification; refusal to issue permit; inspections; compliance.

A. 
No permit shall be issued for filming upon public lands within the Village of Ocean Beach unless the applicant for such permit:
(1) 
Provides proofs of insurance coverage as follows: for bodily injury for any one person in the amount of $5,000,000 and for any aggregate occurrence in the amount of $10,000,000 and for property damage for each occurrence in the aggregate amount of $1,000,000.
(2) 
Agrees, in writing, to indemnify save harmless the Village of Ocean Beach from any and all liability or damages or expenses or claim from the use of such public lands.
(3) 
Posts a cash bond of $5,000 or a maintenance bond of $10,000 running in favor of the village and protecting and insuring that the location utilized will be left, after filming, in a satisfactory condition, free of debris, rubbish and equipment and that due observance of all village ordinances, laws and regulations will be followed. Within seven days of the completion of the filming, the village will return the bond if there has been no damage to public property or public expense caused by the filming.
B. 
The Village Administrator may refuse to issue a permit whenever he determines, on the basis of objective facts and after a review of the application and a report thereon by the Police Department and by other village agencies involved with the proposed filming site, that filming at the location and/or the time set forth in the application would violate any law or ordinance or would unreasonably interfere with the use and enjoyment of adjoining properties, or unreasonably impede the free flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic or otherwise endanger the public's health, safety or welfare. Further, the village reserves the right to require one or more on-site police officers in situations where the proposed production may impede the proper flow of traffic, the cost of said police officers to be borne by the applicant as a cost of production. Where existing electrical power lines are to be utilized by the production, an on-site licensed electrician may be similarly required if the production company does not have a licensed electrician on staff. The Village Administrator and/or Board may make such other requirements or restrictions as in their sole discretion they deem necessary.
C. 
Copies of the permit will be sent to the Police and Fire Departments and Fire Marshal before filming takes place. The applicant shall permit the Fire Marshal, Village Administrator or other village inspectors to inspect the site and the equipment to be used. The applicant shall comply with all safety instructions issued by the Fire Marshal, Village Administrator or other village inspectors.
D. 
In addition to any other fees or costs mentioned in this chapter, the applicant shall reimburse the village for any lost revenue, repairs to public property or other revenues that the village was prevented from earning because of filming.

§ 107-5 Interference with pedestrians and traffic.

The holder of a permit shall take all reasonable steps to minimize interference with the free passage of pedestrians and traffic over public lands and shall comply with all lawful directives issued by the Village of Ocean Beach Police Department with respect thereto.

§ 107-6 Inconvenience to property owners; noise; parking.

The holder of a permit shall conduct filming in such a manner as to minimize the inconvenience or discomfort to adjoining property owners attributable to such filming and shall, to the extent practicable, abate noise and park vehicles associated with such filming off the public streets and/or walks.

§ 107-7 Interference with other activities.

The holder shall avoid any interference with previously scheduled activities upon public lands and limit, to the extent possible, any interference with normal public activity on such public lands.

§ 107-8 Minimization and removal of debris.

The holder of a permit shall take all reasonable steps to minimize the creation and spread of debris and rubbish during filming and shall be responsible for removing all equipment, debris and other rubbish from the filming location upon the completion of filming or the expiration of the permit, whichever comes first.

§ 107-9 Permitted days and hours.

Filming shall be permitted only Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or sundown, whichever is earlier, in residential zones and at such times as designated by the Village Board and/or Village Administrator in its or his sole discretion in business zones.

§ 107-10 Denial of permit; appeals.

A. 
The Village Board and/or the Village Administrator may refuse to issue a permit whenever it or she/he determines, on the basis of objective facts and after a review of the application and a report thereon by the Police Department and by other village agencies involved with the proposed filming site, that filming at the location and/or the time set forth in the application would violate any law or ordinance or would unreasonably interfere with the public's use of public lands, unreasonably interfere with the use and enjoyment of adjoining properties, unreasonably impede the free flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic or otherwise endanger the public's health, safety or welfare.
B. 
Any person aggrieved by a decision of the Village Administrator denying or revoking a permit or a person requesting relief may appeal to the Village Board. A written notice of appeal setting forth the reasons for the appeal shall be filed with the Village Clerk. An appeal from the decision of the Village Administrator shall be filed within 10 days of the Village Administrator's decision. The Village Board shall set the matter down for a public hearing within 30 days of the day on which the notice of appeal was filed. The decision of the Village Board shall be in the form of a resolution. A resolution supporting the decision of the Village Administrator or granting relief shall be approved by the Village Board at the first regularly scheduled public meeting of the Village Board after the hearing on the appeal, unless the appellant agrees, in writing, to a later date for the decision. If such a resolution is not adopted in the time required, the decision of the Village Administrator shall be deemed to be reversed, and a permit shall be issued in conformity with the application, or the relief shall be deemed denied.

§ 107-11 Waiver of requirements.

The Village Board may authorize a waiver of any of the requirements or limitations of this chapter and may authorize filming other than during the hours herein described or may permit filming at a particular location in a residential zone on more than four days during any one calendar year or may waive any other limitation or requirement of this chapter whenever it determines that strict compliance with such limitations will pose an unreasonable burden upon the applicant and that such a permit may be issued without endangering the public's health, safety or welfare.

§ 107-12 Notification to Village Fire Marshal, Fire Department, Police Department and Village Administrator.

The applicant shall notify the Village Fire Marshal, Fire Department, Police Department and Village Administrator 24 hours before filming takes place and permit them to inspect the site and the equipment to be used. The applicant shall comply with all instructions issued by them.

§ 107-13 Hiring of off-duty police officers.

The applicant will be required to hire one or more off-duty police officers when deemed necessary by the Police Chief in addition to those required by § 107-4 of this Chapter.

§ 107-14 Permit fees.

Permit fees shall be as follows:
A. 
Filming permit: $75.
B. 
Daily filming fee: minimum of $500 per day or such other fee as the Board deems appropriate.
C. 
Filming permit for nonprofit applicants filming for educational purposes (including public land): $25. (No daily rate required.)

§ 107-15 Penalties for offenses.

Any person violating this chapter or any provision hereof or any rules and regulations contained herein or promulgated hereunder shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days, or both.

§ 107-16 Exceptions.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the filming of news stories within the Village of Ocean Beach.