North Hempstead has increased some film fees as demand soars from producers.
In addition to the town's $500-a-day permit fee, the board approved a $500 fee to host large staging areas called "base camps," a $100 hourly fee to film at town facilities and discounted fees for students.
The town board unanimously approved the fee changes at its Aug. 11 board meeting.
"Because there's been a greater demand for filming in the town for much larger productions -- TV shows and feature films -- their footprint is large," said Kim Kaiman, executive director of the Business and Tourism Development Corp., which manages filming townwide.
The town collected a record $86,000 in film and television revenue in 2014 after changes to the town's fee structure in 2012. The town has received more than $33,000 so far this year, officials said.
Kaiman said while the town has not had trouble with student productions, there is always a possibility that unpermitted "guerrilla" productions will arise. Imposing a student fee is a way to "bring everyone into the fold legally," she said.
"When they see that $500 permit fee, they freak out, they are students," Kaiman said. The student fee is discounted 90 percent, to $50.
The town also approved a 70 percent discount for nonprofits and religious organizations, as well as a 100 percent discount for governments, which could produce public service announcements.
In Oyster Bay, fees are $350 to $500 a day, and in Hempstead Town, $450 to $600 a day. Huntington Town has fees of $500 a day. North Hempstead has seen interest from "The Good Wife" on CBS, "The Affair" on Showtime and "Red Oaks" on Amazon.
New fees include a $50 hourly charge for additional staff and security to handle productions. The town passed rules in July to ensure residents and town board members are notified of productions.