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, online 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 other government departments may also need to be notified of any filming activities.
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.
Please note that Screen Hunter Central Coast is the administering agency for filming applications in the Cessnock City Council area. Please consult the Council or Screen Hunter Central Coast for more information.