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Often when applying for permits or requesting permission to shoot at public or private locations, the owner or government entity will require special language on the certificate of insurance with specific policy endorsements.  The language and endorsements often broaden the coverage of the policy and will incur additional premium.

 

To assist filmmakers in understanding the often confusing insurance language, we have posted the following City/Other Special Certificates Guide.  This continually updated guide will provide the insurance certificate and endorsement requirements by city, state or permitting entity.

 

Coverages referenced on this website may not be available in all territories and may vary depending on the exposure. Minimum premiums may vary by State. Coverages and services described in this website are generally stated for the purpose of promotion. The material does not modify or amend the terms, conditions, or coverages of any policy. Please ask your Supple-Merrill & Driscoll, Inc. representative to explain coverage details, exclusions, limits or other provisions of any insurance policy.

 

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Burbank, CA

1.  $1,000,000 Commercial General Liability with City/Other Special Certificate Endorsement

3.  City of Burbank, its officers and employees, as "additional insured" on an additional insured endorsement form, with limits of not less than one million dollars, combined single limit.

Endorsement Form

Film Request Form

 
     
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Film L.A. (Los Angeles)

1.  One ACORD 25 Certificate of Liability Insurance naming "FilmL.A., Inc.. and its officers, agents and employees” as "Additional Insureds".

2.  "Additional Insured" endorsement = "FilmL.A., its Directors, Officers, and Employees", except when applicant’s insurance contains a “blanket” additional insured. In that case, the certificate of insurance must include a statement that “FilmL.A. is additional insured by blanket endorsement.”

3.  Certificate must include a thirty-day notice of cancellation provision (10 days for non-payment of the certificate premium). It must be obtained from an insurer admitted to do business in California or written through a California-licensed broker.

4.  Total minimum Commercial General Liability coverage limits (per occurrence) are as follows:

       $ 500,000 for still photography only

       $ 1,000,000 for motion capture (filming)

       $ 5,000,000 for aircraft use

5.  Total minimum Automobile Liability requirements vary depending on the drivers and vehicles to be employed in the production:

  •  Where the permit applicant, or any of its representatives, agents or employees will use personal vehicles in the filming performance, insurance coverage must meet the minimum requirements as set forth in the California Insurance Code section 16056 (currently $15,000/$30,000).

  • Where the permit applicant, or any of its representatives, agents or employees will use, during the filming performance, a vehicle that must be driven by an operator required to maintain a either a Class A or Class B California Commercial Drivers License or a license with a special endorsement or certificate per federal or CA State law, insurance coverage of not less than $1,000,000 per accident is required.

6.  Proof of Workers Compensation coverage is required. Must include Employers’ Liability coverage with limits of not less than $1,000,000 per accident per CA state law.

7. Submit certificates to FilmL.A. by email at insurance@filmlainc.com.

 
     
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Long Beach

1.  ADDITIONAL INSURED.  The City of Long Beach, and its officials, employees, agents, commissions, and volunteers are included as additional insureds with respect to all claims, demands, causes of action, damages, settlement, expenses and costs (including but not limited to attorney’s fees and defense and investigation expenses), or loss or liability of any kind or nature whatsoever arising out of, or in any manner incident to, the operations, activities, or undertakings of the Named Insured or any of the Named Insured’s employees, agents, or other persons permitted by the Named Insured to be on City premises in connection with the Special Event/City permit.

2. PRIMARY AND NONCONTRIBUTORY COVERAGE (Waiver of Subrogation). The insurance afforded by this policy to the City, its officials, employees, agents, commissions, and volunteers is primary insurance. Any other insurance or self-insurance maintained by the City, its officials, employees, agents, commissions, and volunteers is in excess of this insurance and shall not contribute to it.

3.  SEVERABILITY OF INTERESTS. The insurance afforded by this policy applies separately to each insured seeking coverage or against whom a claim is made or suit is brought, subject to the insurer’s limit of liability.

4.  CROSS LIABILITY. The naming of more than one insured under this policy shall not, for that reason alone, extinguish any rights of one insured against another, subject to the Insurer’s limit of liability.

5.  CANCELLATION NOTICE. The insurance afforded by this policy shall not be reduced in coverage or limits (other than by payment of claims), cancelled, or otherwise terminated during the effective period of this endorsement except after thirty (30) days’ prior written notice has been given to the City (ten (10) days’ written notice for cancellation due to nonpayment of premium). Notice shall be sent by certified mail to the address shown above, Attention: David Ashman.

Endorsement Form

Filming Application - Online Form

Film Permit Signature Survey Form

Operational Fire Permit 2.028 - Related to temporary membrane structures, tents and canopies Form

 
     
 

Film L.A. (Los Angeles)

1.  One ACORD 25 Certificate of Liability Insurance naming "FilmL.A., Inc.. and its officers, agents and employees” as "Additional Insureds".

2.  "Additional Insured" endorsement = "FilmL.A., its Directors, Officers, and Employees", except when applicant’s insurance contains a “blanket” additional insured. In that case, the certificate of insurance must include a statement that “FilmL.A. is additional insured by blanket endorsement.”

3.  Certificate must include a thirty-day notice of cancellation provision (10 days for non-payment of the certificate premium). It must be obtained from an insurer admitted to do business in California or written through a California-licensed broker.

4.  Total minimum Commercial General Liability coverage limits (per occurrence) are as follows:

       $ 500,000 for still photography only

       $ 1,000,000 for motion capture (filming)

       $ 5,000,000 for aircraft use

5.  Total minimum Automobile Liability requirements vary depending on the drivers and vehicles to be employed in the production:

 
  •  Where the permit applicant, or any of its representatives, agents or employees will use personal vehicles in the filming performance, insurance coverage must meet the minimum requirements as set forth in the California Insurance Code section 16056 (currently $15,000/$30,000).

  • Where the permit applicant, or any of its representatives, agents or employees will use, during the filming performance, a vehicle that must be driven by an operator required to maintain a either a Class A or Class B California Commercial Drivers License or a license with a special endorsement or certificate per federal or CA State law, insurance coverage of not less than $1,000,000 per accident is required.

6.  Proof of Workers Compensation coverage is required. Must include Employers’ Liability coverage with limits of not less than $1,000,000 per accident per CA state law.

7. Submit certificates to FilmL.A. by email at insurance@filmlainc.com.

     
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New York (The City of New York Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting)

1. $1,000,000 Commercial General Liability with City/Other Special Certificate Endorsement

2. The Description of Operations on the certificate must read as follows: "The City of New York is named as additional insured pursuant to, or with coverage at least as broad as, ISO Form CG 20 12 (07/98 ed.)."

3.  Insurance must be received by OFTB 48 hours in advance of submitted online permit.

 
     
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San Bernardino Bureau of Land Management

1.  $1,000,000 Commercial General Liability with Additional Insured Endorsement CG 20 12 07 98 (State or Political Subdivisions - Permits)

Filming Permit Application Form

 
     
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