Apply for a filming or photography permit

You need to request permission before your shoot begins in the City of Sydney area.

Project Status: When you need to do this

What you need to do

Film production and photography applicationPDF · 48.59 KB · Last modified

Criteria for ultra-low impact filming and photography

Ultra-low impact filming and photography includes a maximum of 1 camera, 1 light, 1 piece of sound equipment and 1 tripod, and purely a piece to camera located in a park, open public space or footpath.

No other equipment is permitted under this type of application.

This application cannot be used for commercial filming/photoshoots or where booking of a location is required.

No activities can be approved on any open roadways under any conditions of this application such as laneways or other areas where there is no usable footpath.

The production should not require parking, traffic control or road closures and it should not affect people walking, businesses or residents.

Apply for ultra-low impact permit

There is no application fee for an ultra-low impact application.

Before you start

After you finish

Film production on a city street, showing actors, crew and film equipment.
‘I Am Woman’Dion Beebe (DOP) and Anthony McNeil (Standby Props).Photography by Lisa Tomasetti, courtesy of Goalpost Pictures

Need a hand?

Read our guide, then contact a film liaison officer.

A guide to filming and photography on City of Sydney landPDF · 156.29 KB · Last modified

Application fees

Valid 1 July 2020–30 June 2021

There is no application fee for an ultra-low impact filming application.

Fees are GST exempt unless specified.

Film production fees and chargesPDF · 25.87 KB · Last modified

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 ff 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.

Reduction/waiver of filming fees applicationPDF · 61.56 KB · Last modified

Land ownership

Our area includes some precincts that require applications and permits from other authorities.

Download our government landowners map to determine the authority for the area of your production.

Map showing government landownersPDF · 3.89 MB · Last modified

Contacts for other authorities

Centennial Park, Queens Park, Moore Park, Driver Avenue and other roads within

Inside train stations

Royal Botanic Garden, The Domain, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Hospital Road and other roads within

Circular Quay, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Pymont wharves, Pyrmont Point and other areas of Pyrmont/Ultimo

Sydney Opera House including forecourt areas

All state roads such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Anzac Bridge, Cahill Expressway, Western Distributor and Botany Road

Filming on private property

If you’re filming on private property, you don’t need to apply for our consent but you’ll need to lodge a filming management plan.

The management plan needs to include:

  • your company details
  • a description of the filming to take place
  • the proposed location
  • start and end dates
  • crew size
  • details of temporary structures
  • equipment to be used such as handheld or mounted cameras
  • parking arrangements
  • any expected disruption to the surrounding area such as noise, vibrations, release of smells and the use of lighting or special effects
  • copies of approvals that you need from other public authorities such as the police.

You must also follow the state government’s planning restrictions in relation to the property.