Approval for Filming - Upper Hunter Shire Council - New South Wales


You will require this approval if you are planning to direct, produce or conduct any filming activities. 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, etc). 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 the jurisdiction of the Council. Other authorities may have to be contacted before any filming can take place in these areas. Police and/or other government departments may also need to be notified of any filming activities.

Please note the following:

  • 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.
  • Screen Hunter Central Coast is the administering agency for filming applications in the Upper Hunter Shire Council area.

Please consult the Council or Screen Hunter Central Coast for further information.

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 Screen Hunter Central Coast's filming guidelines
  • proof of public liability insurance.

Please consult Screen Hunter Central Coast for further details.


As specified on the approval.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please consult Screen Hunter Central Coast for information on fees to be submitted.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Filming Application Process - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 1993 New South Wales

Application process


All applications are to be processed by Screen Hunter Central Coast.

Administering agency

Upper Hunter Shire Council

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Screen Hunter

Operating address: 59 Bonville Avenue
Thornton, New South Wales 2322
Mailing address: PO BOX 3137
Thornton, New South Wales 2322
Phone: 02 4978 4014
Fax: 02 4966 0588
Website: Screen Hunter Film Industry Partners (Opens in new window)