You'll need insurance on your project before you arrange a meeting with us. Here’s what you need to get:
Personal Injury Protection: You need to get a Certificate of Insurance with at least $1 million in coverage. You must get it from your insurance provider and have them list the City of Boston as the certificate holder.
The dates should cover the entire time you'll be filming. Have them issue the certificate to:
City of Boston 1 City Hall Square, Room 716 Boston, MA 02201
Protection against damage to City property: You need at least $5,000 in coverage. Get a security bond issued to the City of Boston. You must use a local bond company. There's usually a $50 bond fee.
Call us at 617-635-3911 if you need help finding a bond company.
You need a permit through the Fire Department if you’re using special effects or generators.
You may need to hire a detail to keep the public and your production crew safe during filming. You can get a detail from any of the public safety agencies in the City. However, the Boston Police Department and Emergency Medical Services are your two main options:
BOSTON POLICE DETAILS
When you use a police detail, you have to pay for at least four hours of the detail. If the detail lasts longer than six hours, the police will charge you for at least eight. Any more time after the eighth hour is added to your bill on an hour-to-hour basis.
Here are the current detail rates, including the 10 percent administrative fee:
Captain to captain detective
Lieutenant to lieutenant detective
Sergeant to sergeant detective
Police officer to detective
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DETAILS
You can have technicians and ambulances set aside for emergency medical treatment. You can also use medical services staff and vehicles in your production.
When you use an emergency medical services detail, you have to pay for at least three hours. This includes the half hour before and after filming that medical services needs to move its equipment. For more information, call 617-343-2367.