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City of Coral Gables Filming Regulations

City of Coral Gables, Florida
Ordinance No. 3155

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1525, AS AMENDED AND KNOWN AS "ZONING CODE", AND IN PARTICULAR ARTICLE VI - "CONDITIONAL USES," BY ADDING SEC. 6-15, "COMMERCIAL FILMING IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS," ESTABLISHING CRITERIA AND LIMITING FILMING AND PHOTOGRAPHY IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS; PROVIDING EFFECTIVE DATE; AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES INCONSISTENT HEREWITH.

           WHEREAS, after notice duly published a public hearing was held before the Planning and Zoning Board on July 12, at which hearing all interested persons were afforded an opportunity to be heard, and the Board recommended that a compromise be achieved on the wording of the proposed amendment to the "Zoning Code" regulating commercial filming in residential districts; and 

           WHEREAS, the City Commission after due consideration at its regular meeting of August 29, 1995, approved the proposed amendment on first reading, and requested certain further conditions and restrictions to be included prior to second reading; 

           NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF CORAL GABLES:  
           SECTION 1. That Ordinance No. 1525, as amended and known as the "Zoning Code" is hereby amended as it pertains to Article VI - CONDITIONAL USES, adding Section 6-15, "COMMERCIAL FILMING IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS," establishing criteria and limiting filming and photography in residential districts, as hereinafter set forth.  

           ARTICLE VI - CONDITIONAL USES
SECTION 6-15. COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS. Commercial photography, which includes still photography, commercials and major motion picture filming or video, shall be permitted as a conditional use on the premises of private residential property zoned "R," "D" or "A," subject to the following conditions and restrictions:

 (a) No commercial photography shall be conducted in residential districts without a permit from the City Manager's Office. The owner or lessee of the property upon which the photography is being conducted or a representative of the production company, with the owner's written approval, may obtain such permit.

(b) The permit shall be available for inspection at the site on which the photography is to occur. Upon the request of any police officer or code enforcement officer of the City, the owner, lessee or representative of the production company shall exhibit such permit.

(c) The following limitations on the number and type of permits issued annually shall be enforced:

  1. Still photography shoots that are entirely contained inside a structure can be conducted without a permit. 
  2. Large still photograph shoots that are not entirely contained within the structure and commercials or corporate/industrial filming recorded on video or motion picture film shall be limited to twelve (12) permits per year for the same property, with a maximum of three (3) consecutive days allowed per permit.
  3. Major motion pictures or television programs recorded on video or motion picture film shall be limited to three (3) permits per year for the same property and only one permit shall be issued during any thirty (30) day period. Each permit shall be issued for a maximum of fourteen (14) consecutive days, with a maximum of twenty-eight (28) permitted days allowed per year for the same property.
  4. Permitted days which are canceled due to circumstances beyond the control of the production company, such as bad weather days, shall extend the number of permitted days by the number so canceled, without penalty.

(d) It is the intention of this section to protect residential areas from undue intrusions associated with commercial photography. The City Manager may approve, disapprove, or approve with appropriate conditions, any permit applied for under this section. Conditions imposed as terms under which a permit is issued may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Advance notification of forty-eight (48) hours in a form approved by the City Manager to adjacent neighborhood properties for large still photography, commercial or corporate industrial filming. Advance notification of ten (10) days in a form approved by the City Manager to a homeowner or community association, or if none exists, to adjacent neighborhood properties, for major motion pictures or television program filming;
  2. Hiring of off-duty police officers to supervise traffic and other matters when the public right-of-way is utilized for film purposes;
  3. Hiring of off-duty police officers to provide security and control of shoots on private property.
  4. Limitations on number and location of vehicles or trailers parked on the street or swale area or adjacent or contiguous properties used in the shoot;
  5. Limitations on the daily hours or specific times when commercial photography is to take place when such limitations are necessary to limit disruption to the neighborhood;
  6. Similar conditions or limitations which are necessary to protect the neighborhood from undue intrusions.
  7. Compliance with the Noise Ordinance, unless otherwise conditionally approved by the City Manager.

(f) The following fee schedule shall be in effect for commercial photography in residential districts:

  1. Still photography shoots that are entirely contained within the residential structure shall not require a permit.
  2. Large still photography shoots and commercials or corporate/industrial filming recorded on video or motion picture film: Permit per site, two hundred twenty-five dollars ($225.00).
  3. Major motion pictures: Permit per site per day, two hundred twenty-five dollars ($225.00).
  4. Future adjustments to the above fee schedule shall be made from time to time by the City Manager as appropriate, given the then current conditions.

(g) City Code Sees. 22-188 through 22-191 shall apply for all Commercial photography on public lands or rights-of-way.

(h) The City Manager may immediately revoke any permit for violation of any part of this section or any permit condition.

(i) The City Manager may refuse to issue any permit applied for if there has been evidence that previous photography at the same location created a disruptive situation in the neighborhood.

(j) The City Manager may refuse to issue any permit applied for if, on previous occasions, the commercial photography company has violated conditions or restrictions of permits issued under this section.

(k) The City Manager may issue administrative variances to these conditions to accommodate unusual circumstances.

SECTION 3. That this ordinance shall become effective thirty (30) days from the date of its adoption.

SECTION 4. That all ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent or in conflict herewith shall be and they are hereby repealed insofar as there is conflict or inconsistency.

Passed and adopted this Seventh Day of September, A. D., 1995.

Raul J/ Valdes-Fauli
Mayor

The following fee schedule shall be in effect for commercial photography:

Commercial Photography Fee Schedule
Commercial Permits

Unit

Fees

Still Photography

Day/Location

$63.00

Video/Movie

Day/Location

$289.00

Still Photography at City Facility

Day/Location

$404.00

Video/Movie at City Facility

Day/Location

$1050.00
 
Residential Photography Fee Schedule
Residential Permits
Unit
Fees
Still Photography Outside Structure or Residence
Per 3 Days
$184.00
Video/Movie Photography Outside Structure or Residence
Per 3 Days
$184.00
Major Motion Picture
Per 14 Days
$315.00

Country Club Prado

Still Photography

Per Day

$87.00

Video
Per Day
$289.00
Venetian Pool

Still

Per Day

$462.00

Video
Per Day
$1155.00

INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS:  FILM PERMIT

Evidence of Insurance must be reviewed and approved by the Risk Management Division. 

Evidence of Insurance will not be reviewed or approved without copies of all of the required endorsements.

City of Coral Gables must be named as an Additional Insured on a Primary and Non-Contributory basis and a Wavier of Subrogation Endorsement must be issued for each insurance policy that is required.
Evidence of Insurance consists of: 
(1) a Certificate of Liability Insurance naming the City of Coral Gables as an additional insured on a primary and non-contributory basis including a waiver of subrogation, (2) copies of all Additional Insured Endorsements providing coverage on a Primary & Non-Contributory Basis and (3) copies of all Waiver of Subrogation Endorsements.

CERTIFICATE HOLDER MUST READ AS FOLLOWS:   
City of Coral Gables
Insurance Compliance
PO Box 12010 - CE
Hemet, CA 92546-8010

TYPE OF INSURANCE COVERAGE REQUIRED AND LIMITS OF LIABILITY INSURANCE REQUIRED:

COVERAGE TYPE     LIMIT OF LIABILITY REQUIRED
Commercial General Liability Each             Occurrence ........................$1,000,000                            
                                                                     Aggregate ……………………...$2,000,000
Automobile Liability                                    Combined Single Limit….$1,000,000
 (At a minimum, Hired and Non-owned Auto Liability Coverage is required when the applicant does not own any vehicles)

The insurance companies providing coverage must have an A.M. Best rating of (A-/VI) or better or an equivalent rating given by a recognized rating agency. The

City of Coral Gables reserves the right to required additional types of insurance coverage or higher limits of liability at any time.  This determination will be made by the Risk Management Division.

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