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Apply to film or hold an event

The City of Westminster is a world class location for events and filming. We aim to balance the demand on Westminster as an iconic location for events and filming alongside our commitment to residents, businesses, and visitors to ensure these activities continue to be safe, lawful, successful, and fair.

If you have chosen a location in Westminster for your filming or event, you will need to apply for permission.

Before you apply, read the below guides and information on this page to understand the complexities involved. Our application fee is non-refundable.

Event guidelines (PDF, 1.1MB)
Filming guidelines (PDF, 1.1MB)

Please read our COVID-19 events and filiming guidance carefully before you apply.

Some of our prices have changed. Check our new fees list, valid from 1 September 2020 onwards.

1. Check timescale

Use our tool to check whether there is enough time to process the application for your required date.

Download timescale tool (XLS, 94KB)



2. Check fee

Check which fee will be applied to your activity.

View the fees list

Updated and valid from 1 September 2020 onwards.


3. Apply

Applications for events and filming will reopen from Monday 3 August 2020. Please make sure you have read our COVID-19 events and filiming guidance carefully before you apply.

Apply to film or hold an event

If you need to add more than 5 parking requests, please speak to your assigned officer after they have contacted you.

4. What happens next?

Once your event application is submitted, our team will assess any potential impact on the community, our businesses and residents. We also look at health and safety and licensing implications. 

If we believe your proposed activity meets our policy requirements, you will receive a payment request and will be issued with a reference number. 

Once payment has been made, you will be assigned an officer who will assess your application and advise of any requirements or conditions. 

Finally, if we are content with the proposed activity and documentation provided, your assigned officer will issue you a ‘letter of no objection’ outlining any conditions related to the activity. This is not a contract with the council but an expression of permission for activities discussed.

5. Pay

Use the payment tool below to:

  • pay your application fee
  • pay for your event/filming administration time (as advised by your assigned Officer)
  • location hire fees (as advised by your assigned Officer)

Please have your reference number to hand, which will be on email correspondence you have received from us.

To make sure we charge you correctly, please double check our fees.

Pay now

Our timescales begin from the point the application fee is paid. If your payment is received outside of our working hours (9am to 5pm), that period begins from the next working day.

6. Apply for consultation (optional)

If you wish to discuss your activity before submitting an application you can request a consultation with an Officer. This costs £160 per hour.

Apply for a consultation

7. Additional costs

Depending on your proposed activities, you may need to apply for additional licenses or permissions, such as:

  • parking bay suspension or yellow line dispensation
  • Temporary Traffic Orders
  • Temporary Event Notice or premises license
  • temporary street trading license
  • building control temporary structures licence (s30)
  • highways license for a temporary structure, hoarding, crane or cherry picker operation
  • planning permission or advert consent
  • cleansing

The officer assigned to your application will inform you of what will be required, potential costs and how to apply.

9. Contact us

For any questions not covered by our guide, please contact us at or call 020 7641 6500.

Last updated: 14 September 2020