Approval for Filming - 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). 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 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 consult the Contact Officer for more 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 to Council, 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; and
  • Proof of public liability insurance.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified on the approval.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -

$176 (low impact); $350 (medium impact); $367 (high impact).

Apply Licence All -

Administration of traffic management plans: $116.50 (low impact); $233 (medium impact): $246.50 (high impact).

Apply Miscellaneous All $1500.00



Act(s) name

Local Government Act 1993 NSW

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.

Enquiries Officer

Hornsby Shire Council

Operating address: Administration Centre, 296 Peats Ferry Road
NSW 2077
Mailing address: PO BOX 37
Hornsby, New South Wales 1630
Phone: 02 9847 6666
Fax: 02 9847 6999
Website: Hornsby Shire Council (Opens in new window)