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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.

Activity Processing Time
Basic Filming Application
(cast and crew 7 and under)
3 working days
Standard Filming Application
(cast and crew 7+)
5 working days
(1 week)
Basic Event Application 10 working days
(2 weeks)
Application requiring Parking Suspensions or Yellow Line Dispensations 10 working days
(2 weeks)
Temporary Structure Licence 15 working days
(3 weeks)
Filming requiring Traffic Management
(e.g. temporary traffic holds)
15 working days
(3 weeks)
Filming requiring Crane Licences
(cherry pickers, genie booms, cranes, aerial platform etc.)
15 working days
(3 weeks)
Complex Filming (no road closure)
(street furniture removal, street lighting control, stunts, special effects, drones etc.)
20 working days
(4 weeks)
Out of Hours Filming requiring Consultation
(22:30 - 07:00)
20 working days
(4 weeks)
Events requiring Licensing
(Temporary Event Notice, Street Trading or Premises Licence)
20-40 working days
(4-8 weeks)
Film Premieres 30 working days
(6 weeks)
Road or Full Pavement Closure 60 working days
(12 weeks)
Events requiring Planning Permission
(several day installations, advertising consent etc.)
60 working days
(12 weeks)
Major Filming requiring Multiple Road Closures 6 months
Annual Events 11-12 months
Major Events requiring Multiple Road Closures
(new proposal or one off)
18 months

 

 

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 are open.

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

The following documents should be included at the time of application where possible. Applications received without this documentation will require extended planning time from the published timescales. 

- You must submit a risk assessment and method statement including a full assessment of COVID-19 specific risks. 

- A plan of your filming area showing that the required distances are possible. 

- An image of the proposed filming area taken from your site visit. 

- A signage plan.

- Contact details including name, role and mobile phone number for a COVID-19 responsible person and a designated on-site contact.

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 eventsandfilming@westminster.gov.uk or call 020 7641 2390.

Last updated: 2 November 2020