Approval for commercial filming / photography - Queensland

Description

You require this approval to undertake commercial filming or photography on council land. Examples of activities that require this approval include:

  • feature films
  • television commercials
  • travel shows
  • still photography shots.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Exemptions

You may not require this approval if you are conducting the following activities:

  • filming or still photography on private property
  • filming for news, current affairs shows or live to air reporting
  • audio and visual recording of a wedding or other private celebration or event.

Eligibility requirements

You must take out public liability insurance to a minimum value of $20 million and name your local council as an interested party. A copy of this document must be submitted before your application is given approval.

Depending on the complexity of the shoot, a site plan may be required for each intended film location showing the following items:

  • filming and private vehicle parking arrangements and film set locations including site boundaries and outlines of buildings
  • location of any facilities provided on set including toilets, catering vans and refuse bins
  • location, size, and details of any temporary structures on set, including marquees
  • location of fixed equipment
  • the access and exit points of the site, including emergency access
  • details of any surrounding infrastructure including roads, bus zones, trees, fire hydrants, transformers, telephone booths, mail boxes, bus seats and shelters, and rubbish bins
  • the distance of the nearest residential premises.

You must also notify any residents or businesses that mat be affected by filming activities.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Your local council is required to monitor the standards of film production on council property. They may inspect the set before, during and after film production depending on the type of activity being conducted and its level of compliance.

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 2009 Queensland

Application process

Apply

To apply for this approval, you must:

  • provide a site map for each location
  • provide a certificate of currency for public liability insurance
  • provide a resident / business notification letter if applicable
  • provide a safe work method statement / risk assessment if applicable
  • outline the budget for production
  • complete the approved application form
  • pay the prescribed fee.

Administering agency

Local 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:

Local Council

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