Approval for Filming - Hornsby 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 -

Commercial filming application fees are charged according to their impact level to the area:

  • low impact - $217.50
  • medium impact - $430.00
  • high impact - $452.00
You may also be required to pay a bond. Fees for 2022-23
Apply Application All $449.00 Commercial photography / filming per day within parks and ovals. Fees for 2022-23
Apply Application All $60.50 Professional still photography (for personal use) within parks and ovals. Fees for 2022-23
Apply Licence All -

Commercial filming administration of traffic management plans:

  • low impact - $142.50
  • medium impact - $284.00
  • high impact - $301.00
Fees for 2022-23
Comply Miscellaneous All $1540.00

Bond. Fees for 2022-23

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 1993 New South Wales

Administering agency

Hornsby Shire Council

Contact details

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