Apply for a filming or photography permit

You need to request permission before your shoot begins in our area.

Project Status: When you need to do this

What you need to do

Ultra-low impact filming or photography application

Film production and photography application

If your production or photo shoots do not meet the criteria for the ultra-low impact category, follow the below steps.

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Drone/Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) use

If your production includes commercial drone/RPA use, additional restrictions apply. Additional documentation must also be submitted with your application.

Further information and licensing procedure queries can be directed to the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority or phone 131 757.

Filming on private property

Other requirements and approvals

Depending on the nature of your photo shoot or film production, you may need to notify the police, neighbours, as well as arrange additional insurance and parking arrangements.

Fees and charges

Depending on the nature of your photo shoot or film production, you may need to notify the police, neighbours, as well as arrange additional insurance and parking arrangements.

A list of filming and still photography fees for streets, parks and open spaces can be downloaded below.

Apply for a reduction or waiver of fees

You may be eligible for a reduction or waiver of fees if:

  • the production and application is by a registered charity or ‘not-for-profit’ organisation where the primary purpose is for the improvement/benefit to the City Of Sydney community
  • the production and application is by an educational institution relating directly to a course or curriculum based assignment, and solely for a non-commercial purpose.

To apply for a reduction or waiver of fees, download and complete the reduction/waiver of filming fees application.

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