[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Thompson 2-6-1996 by L.L. No. 1-1996. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The use of the Town streets or public places for television, motion picture or still photography production is permitted and encouraged subject to the limitations and requirements of this chapter.
Anyone wanting to conduct such activities must apply for and procure from the Town a permit for the use of Town streets and/or public places for television, motion picture or still photography purposes. The permit is to be issued by such officer or office of the Town as shall be designated from time to time by resolution, the Building Department being so designated, subject to change by resolution.
A form of application for a permit shall be prepared by the Building Department or such agent as is designated by the Town Board.
At a minimum, the application must include the full name and address of the applicant, the locations and times during which it is intended to conduct the activities sought, the nature of the activities, the equipment, the number of persons intended to be involved in the production and the insurance companies which insure the activities of the applicant. The applicant shall submit such additional information and documentation as shall be required in the permit application from time to time.
A fee shall be paid by the applicant at the time of the submission of the application. A separate fee may be fixed for the permit itself and a location fee in connection with a specific activity on public property. The amount of the fee shall be fixed by resolution of the Town Board from time to time.
If the permit involves an activity on the Town roads or a Town public place, liability insurance, naming the Town as an additional insured, shall be procured and presented prior to the effectiveness of any permit sought. Such liability insurance shall insure against injury to person or property and shall be in an amount not less than $100,000. The required insurance limits may be increased by resolution of the Town Board.
The Town may inquire as to provisions to be made by the applicant for security, traffic diversion and such other precautions as may be required and requested to assure that the issuance of the permit will not be dangerous or detrimental to public health, safety or the general welfare of the community. The applicant must sufficiently demonstrate such precautions so that the Town will issue the permit. The permit officer designated by the Town shall have the discretion to deny a permit if the public health, safety or general welfare of the Town is endangered.
Hours for filming and general activities pursuant to the permit shall be between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. at public locations. Waivers may be granted in special circumstances, provided that proper precautions are adopted.