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The main purpose of regulating film production is to ensure these activities are carried out in a safe manner with minimal disruption to local residents and businesses. Council is required to monitor film production including feature films, television commercials, travel shows and still photography shoots. Compliance with Council requirements will ensure that public health and safety is protected during film production. If your specific questions are not answered on this site, contact Council.
The applicant for a licence must be a legal entity (e.g. person(s) or Company).
Note - a business name or shop name is not a legal entity and cannot be the licence holder.

The following activities require an approval from Council:
  • closing or requiring use of public areas, such as parks, malls, roadways and footpaths
  • having vehicle access to a public area, such as a park, road or mall
  • using freestanding equipment, such as lighting, generators, dolly tracks and tripods, that could be a danger to the public or restrict public use of the area
  • leaving freestanding equipment unattended
  • having cables on the ground in a public area
  • using equipment such as catering and changing facilities
  • If you require additional information or assistance with your application, contact the Film Approval Liaison Officer.
Ph: 3403 8314
Fax: 3334 0036
The following activities do not require an approval from Council:
  • Film crew legally parking vehicles in the street and use the location setting as a backdrop with shoulder mounted cameras (except if filming in malls)
  • Filming solely within private property
  • Filming on a footway and not:
    • using the footway for longer than 48 hours
    • fully obstructing the footway and do not require pedestrians to move onto the road or take an alternative path
    • on a main road or in the Central Business District (CBD)
Visit Council's website for more information about footways.