Permit for Filming and Photography - Victoria

Description

You will require this permit if you intend to conduct commercial filming and / or photography in a public place. This includes filming of television shows, movies, music videos and commercials, as well as still photography intended for sale or display. You may also require this permit for some non-commercial filming activities.

Commercial filming is the recording of images by film, video, digital or other means intended for broadcast or public exhibition. A public place means land controlled by a public agency. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • roads and streets
  • beaches
  • cemeteries
  • museums and other cultural institutions
  • national parks
  • zoos
  • gardens
  • courthouses
  • ports
  • sporting facilities.

Service type

Licence

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

Eligibility requirements

If you are conducting commercial filming, you may also require a permit to use public spaces.

You may also be required to submit proof of your public liability insurance.

There are two categories of filming activities: low impact and medium to high impact filming.

Low impact filming activities involve:

  • six people or less (includes all production crew and talent)
  • no more than one camera, one tripod, and handheld sound recording equipment
  • public safety being maintained at all times and public pathways, footpaths and roads must not be blocked.

For medium to high impact filming you will need:

  • full details of the location and estimated time of the proposed filming
  • full contact details of all involved
  • full contact details of the location safety officer and the qualifications they hold
  • full details of the production specifics
  • running sheet
  • details of any pedestrian management and/or traffic management plans
  • completed risk assessment
  • list of dangerous substances plus safety reports
  • site plans, including a map indicating location of parked vehicles
  • communication (stakeholder notification) plans
  • a copy of Public Liability Insurance for the filming activity.

Traffic Management Plans and Pedestrian Management Plans are to be provided where filming requires any degree of traffic or pedestrian management. These plans must comply with the requirements of the coordinating road authority given under the relevant legislation.

Duration

As specified on the permit.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -

Motion picture film fees range between $150 and $620, please consult the responsible council for information on the correct fees to be submitted with your application. Fees for 2019-20.

Apply Application All -

Still photography fees vary between $125 and $310, please consult the responsible council for information on the correct fees to be submitted with your application. Fees for 2019-20.

Apply Application All $200.00

Unit base only - when unit bases are set up on public land. In these instances filming may be conducted on private property or within a Council facility. Fees for 2019-20.

Apply Application All $115.00

Low impact filming. Fees for 2019-20.

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 1989 Victoria

Local law(s) name

Community Local Law 2014

Approval time

Please allow at least ten days prior to the intended filming and fifteen days for filming between midnight and 6am.

Administering agency

City of Whitehorse

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:

Administration and Events Officer

City of Whitehorse

Operating address: 379 - 397 Whitehorse Road
Nunawading, Victoria 3131
Mailing address: Locked Bag 2
Nunawading Delivery Centre
Victoria 3131
Phone: 03 9262 6352
Fax: 03 9262 6490
Email: ard.admin@whitehorse.vic.gov.au
Website: http://www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/ (Opens in new window)