Approval for Filming - Ballina Shire Council - New South Wales


You require this approval to direct, produce or conduct any filming activities in a public area. Filming is the recording of images (whether on film, video tape, electronically or by other means) for exhibition, broadcast (such as by cinema, television, the internet or other means) or sale.

Filming projects can involve a range of activities that require approval from the council (e.g. use of public land, closing a road, erecting temporary structures). You may lodge a filming proposal with the council seeking approval for the activities involved in the filming project.

Not all public areas are under council jurisdiction. Other authorities may have to be contacted before any filming can take place, such as the police and state government departments.

Please note that the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 contains parameters that, if followed, mean that certain activities (land use, erecting temporary structures, etc.) carried out as part of a filming project are considered exempt development and therefore do not require approval from the council.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

When you submit your filming proposal, you must provide:

  • details such as the location, type of activity, parking, road closures, access, traffic control, proof of notification of residents and other interested parties
  • applications for any other approvals that may be required as part of the filming project
  • proof of your acceptance of the council's filming guidelines
  • proof of public liability insurance.


As specified on the approval.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $150.00

Low impact (category 2). Fees for 2023-24

11-25 crew. No more than 4 trucks or vans. No construction, minimal equipment/lighting.

Apply Application All $300.00

Medium impact (category 3). Fees for 2023-24

26-50 crew. Some construction. Equipment required, unit base required. No more than 4 locations.

Apply Application All $500.00

High impact (category 4). Fees for 2023-24

More than 50 crew. Significant construction, extensive equipment, large unit base required. More than 4 locations.

Apply Application All $160.00

Filming on private property for the approval of parking plans or unit base plans. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All -

Ultra low impact (category 1). No fees are required.

No more than 10 crew, includes still photography where there is no disruption to stakeholders, retailers, residents or motorists. Activities are contained to footway or public open space only and public safety is not impacted. Vehicles associated with filming are legally parked at all times. 

Apply Application All $77.00

Environmental site induction (per hour). Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All -

Assessment of traffic plans:

  • low stop / go traffic control on a local or council managed road - $110.00
  • medium stop / go traffic control on a multi-laned or state road police consultation, RTA consultation - $320.00
  • high road closures, police consultation, RTA consultation - $430.00.

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Inspection All $77.00

Environmental site inspection before, during and / or after filming (per hour). Fees for 2023-24

Apply Inspection All $192.00

After work hours inspection fee (per hour). Fees for 2023-24

Apply Miscellaneous All -

You may be required to pay a bond. Bonds range between $2000 and $10,000 for categories 1 to 3. Category 4 will be assessed at the time of need. Fees for 2023-24

General Miscellaneous All -

Further fees may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Filming on Public Land Policy (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 1993 New South Wales

Administering agency

Ballina Shire Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Supporting information