Permit for Filming and Photography - Victoria

Description

You will require this permit if you intend to conduct 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. However, some non-commercial filming activities may still need this permit if there is a public amenity and safety issue.

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 owned by or vested in a public agency or Crown land. This includes diverse locations such as (but not limited to):

  • suburban streets
  • beaches
  • cemeteries
  • museums and 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 have to apply for a permit to use public space. However, if the filming activities are minor and low impact, you will only need to obtain permission for the filming (the Council will then advise if an application form is needed).

To be permitted to conduct a low impact filming activity, you will need to submit proof of your public liability insurance.

Low impact filming activities are defined by these criteria:

  • a filming activity of six people or less (includes all production crew and talent);
  • no more than one camera, one tripod, and handheld sound recording equipment; and
  • public safety is maintained at all times and all 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; and
  • a copy of Public Liability Insurance for the filming activity.

Traffic Management Plans (TMP?s) and Pedestrian Management Plans (PMP?s) 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 Sole Trader, Company, Partnership, Trust, Incorporated Association, Other, Co-operative -

Filming duration fees range between $276 and $1327, please consult the responsible council for specific information on fees to be submitted with your application. Fees for 2016-17.

Apply Application Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other $552.00 Unit base fee per day. Fees for 2016-17.

Forms

Task Resources
Apply Filming Permit Application - Please contact the responsible council for application forms and registration details.

Approval Time

Five working days, or seven working days if it involves traffic management.

Administering agency

City of Melbourne

Contact details

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

Strategic Planning and Logistics Filming Coordinator

Operating address: 90 - 120 Swanston Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1603
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 03 9658 8008
Fax: 03 9654 4854
Email: enquiries@melbourne.vic.gov.au
Website: City of Melbourne (Opens in new window)