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Trustees OK minimum $500 fee for filming in Williston Park

Williston Park Village Hall is seen on Thursday,

Williston Park Village Hall is seen on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Credit: Howard Schnapp

An increased interest in filming in Williston Park has prompted the village board to institute a minimum mandatory production fee of $500, village officials said.

The fee applies to movies, commercials and television shows filmed in the village, and also includes a review by the building department.

The village board voted 3-0 (two trustees were absent) in favor of the measure at a Monday meeting. Mayor Paul Ehrbar said the board had recently fielded numerous inquiries for filming.

All productions will be evaluated for their impact on the village, and additional fees may apply, village officials said. Upon review, the building department will calculate the final cost.

In the town of North Hempstead, where numerous productions such as Showtime’s “The Affair” and the 2010 film “Date Night” have filmed, there is a set daily fee of $500. Additional fees, such as $100 to film at a town-owned facility, or filming past standard hours of 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., also apply.

The town has issued 23 filming permits this year, and collected $38,850 in fees, town spokeswoman Carole Trottere said. This marks a slight increase from the same period last year, when the town had issued 19 permits.

Other villages within the town of North Hempstead have also established filming regulations, some with steeper costs. In Great Neck Plaza, a filming permit is priced at $750 in the downtown area, and $250 for residential areas.

In the village of Saddle Rock, where a movie is filming Wednesday and Thursday, village officials could not be reached for comment about pricing.

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