Lights! Camera! PERMIT !

Morristown becomes a pole of attraction for the cinema. Patrick Dempsey, Morgan FREEMAN and Soprano star John Bianco all the scenes filmed here last year.

If they want to shoot sequels, they will have to apply for a permit.

On Tuesday, the city council unanimously tabled a arrangement regulate filming in the municipality.

Morgan Freeman at Loyola Jesuit Center, location of scenes for Zach Braff’s “A Good Person,” Nov. 16, 2021. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Production companies will be charged $500 to apply, plus $500 per day of shooting. This is if the permit is requested one month in advance. For faster turnaround times, the application fee and daily fee is $1,000. Amendments to permits will cost $250.

Applicants must also provide proof of insurance – $1 million bodily injury coverage for any individual and $3 million for any aggregate event.

They must also agree to hire police officers, firefighters or any other security personnel deemed necessary by the Chief of Police.

The city clerk can deny a permit if police and other city agencies determine the filming would violate any laws or ordinances; “unreasonably interfere” with the use or enjoyment of neighboring properties; unreasonably obstruct motorists or pedestrians; or otherwise endanger public safety, health or welfare.

Reports and solo filmmakers with hand-held cameras are exempt. Fees may also be waived for students enrolled in a “bona fide educational institution,” with a note from a teacher or administrator stating that the filming is strictly for educational, non-commercial purposes.

“Cocoa” co-directors John Bianco (“Gerry the Hairdo Torciano” on “The Sopranos”) and Joe Gawalis at the Masonic Lodge in Morristown on October 21, 2021. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“There have been a lot of filming requests”, administrator Jillian Barrick said at the hybrid meeting. “So we really want to formalize the process, tighten it up, and then add fees to really cover the cost of my time and (the clerk At Margo Kaye’s) the time and all services involved in its organization.

Crowds flocked to Morristown in January 2021 for a preview of Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey, shooting scenes at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for a TV show that CBS later beaten down.

Video: Patrick Dempsey fans flock to the Morristown movie set for a preview of ‘McDreamy’:

New Jersey’s tax incentives and favorable COVID rules may have prompted New York film crews to come here during the pandemic, Barrick said.

Actor quote Alec Baldwin’s Fatal Shooting of a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set, Advisor Sandy Mayer asked if the city should worry about such dangers. Barrick said city police would look into security issues for film shoots.

Parts of the ordinance imply that it only affects public places in the city. But another passage says, “No one shall film or permit filming in the town of Morristown” without permission.

The measure is expected to pass on May 10, 2022.


Representatives of the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee thanked volunteers from churches, Boy Scout groups and Morristown High School for a March 26 cleanup that fished beer cans, tires, skis and a bicycle from the river.

“It was very empowering to really help the environment like that, in our own city,” said Leslie Raff.

Mayor Tim Dougherty rented Bethel AME Church and a nonprofit organization for their food distributions throughout the pandemic, but said better cleaning of this riverside parking lot is needed to prevent litter from blowing into the waterway.

and chairman of the board Stefan Armington pressed the chief of police Darnell Richardson why no one was ticketed for violating a ban on cycling on downtown sidewalks in 2016. The chief said cyclists arrested by police were on their way to work and were afraid of getting venture into busy streets. Richardson said officers would beef up enforcement if the council wanted to.

Cleanup of the Whippany River in Morristown, May 26, 2022. Photo by the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee. Screenshot by Kevin Coughlin