Approval for Filming - Randwick City 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 -

Further fees may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Apply Application All - Still photography fees:
  • commercial photoshoot - $196.00
  • urgent assessment for commercial photoshoot - $317.00.
Fees for 2022-23
Apply Application All - Filming on public reserves, beaches and roads:
  • ultra low impact filming incurs no fee
  • low impact filming - $150.00
  • medium impact filming - $300.00
  • high impact filming - $500.00
  • additional urgent filming (within 3 days of activity) - $100.00
  • drone assessment - $113.00
  • filming on private property or non-council controlled areas where Council is required to approve parking plans or unit base plans - $150.00.
Fees for 2022-23
Apply Application All - Traffic management plan assessment fees:
  • low impact - $100.00
  • medium impact - $300.00
  • high impact - $330.00.
Fees for 2022-23
Apply Application All $456.00 Running cables across a footpath. Fees for 2022-23
Apply Application All $608.00 Use of reserve whilst filming on private property (cover the parking of catering equipment etc) per day or part thereof. Fees for 2022-23
Apply Application All - Parking of essential / event vehicles per bay, per day or part thereof in metered parking:
  • Summer months (October to April) - $39.00
  • Winter months (May to September) - $25.00
Fees for 2022-23
Apply Application All -

Commercial entities : usage / promotional activities:

  • promotional activity on a beach or in a public reserve per day - $2277.00
  • promotional activity on a beach or in a public reserve per half day - $1540.00
  • low impact corporate promotional event - $2277.00
  • medium impact corporate promotional event - $2730.00
  • high impact corporate promotional event - $3646.00
  • very high impact corporate promotional event - $5457.00
  • promotional activity on a public pedestrian pathway / road - $643.00.
Fees for 2022-23

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 1993 New South Wales

Additional information

You will need to provide a current Public Liability Insurance certificate of no less than $20 million.

Administering agency

Randwick City Council

Contact details

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