Apply to film or hold an event

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

Our application fee is not refundable. Before you apply, read the below guides and information on this page to understand the complexities involved:

1. Register

If you have not submitted an application previously, please register by following the link below.


If you have already registered please log in.

Log in


2. Check timescale

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

Timescale tool



3. Check fee

Check which fee will be applied to your activity.

View the fees list



4. Apply

After you have checked your activity is eligible, please submit an application.


Once we receive your form, you will receive an initial automated email with a link to your submitted form. We will then email you a reference number and information on how to pay your application fee.


If you are unable to submit your application, please check:

  • you have not used the ‘&’ symbol in either the text or attachment titles in your application
  • the contact information in the 'Update your details' section is correct
  • all changes have been saved by selecting the ‘Update’ button at the bottom of the application page

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 £135 per hour.

Apply for a consultation


7. Additional costs

Depending on your proposed activities - for example, whether you intend to serve alcohol at your event - you may need to pay for a
temporary events notice (TEN) or premises licenses.

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

8. Useful information

There are a number of other council departments that may be useful to you when organising an event in Westminster:

  • Licensing  (for all temporary structure licences, and licensing of cranes and large jibs)
  • Highways (for traffic management)
  • Planning 

London organisations

London Borough Film Offices

9. Contact us

The City Promotions, Events and Filming Team supports the safe planning and regulation of filming and events, and balances these activities with the needs of residents and businesses.

For any questions not covered by our guide, please contact us at or call 020 7641 2390.

Last updated: 6 December 2017
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