Film & Photography Permits

Interested in filming or photographing on Governors Island? 

Governors Island has been used for several films, television and photo shoots, on varying scales. Located in the heart of the New York Harbor, the 172-acre island is five minutes away from Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn and offers spectacular views of the New York City skyline, an expansive park and over 40 historic buildings. 

Films and production companies are welcome to make an appointment with the Trust to come and scout locations. 

Please note:

  • All applicants will be charged a $26 non-refundable application fee. 
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee you will be granted a permit. 
  • Film or photo shoot dates cannot be placed on hold until the initial review process has begun. 
  • Date(s) and location(s) are only confirmed once all relevant paperwork has been received, signed and approved.
  • Costs are determined according to the details in your application. The more detailed your application, the quicker and more accurately The Trust can estimate your costs. 
Sample Events that would require a Film & Photography permit:
  • Filming a movie/TV show
  • Magazine or fashion shoot
  • TV commercial/ad

Key Dates

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis year-round. During public access season (May-September), large scale film and photo shoots will not be permitted on weekends and holidays. 

Available Spaces

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If you are not yet a registered user, you will be prompted to sign up before you can fill out the application.

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Have more questions before applying? Read through these FAQs, or check out our Rules and Regulations.

Personal vehicles are not allowed. Permitted events/programs are allowed to pre-register vehicles for ferry access via the Governors Island ferry, the Coursen. 

Vehicles are not permitted for grilling, gathering or sports field use reservations.