Coronavirus advice - events and filming

Applications for events and filming are currently open.

The look and feel of the city has significantly changed over the past few months, as the council has provided additional space for cyclists and pedestrians to and get the economy moving again. 

As a result of these changes, we are having to change the management of events and filming on streets and in parks to meet government and industry guidance and to provide a safe environment for the public.

An overview of these changes is below. We will continue to review applications on an individual basis and all proposals must include information on how you will comply with government guidance in relation to social distancing and being COVID-secure. Please allow additional time for planning, liaison and discussion.



Applications for filming are open.

Production companies are required to meet the Film London COVID-19 Guidance for Location Filming in London guidance.

Some streets with new measures in place to support the reopening of businesses - such as wider pavements and road closures - will have restricted use.

No application is required for filming with a cast and crew of 1 to 3 people with hand-held equipment only.

You must apply online if you have a cast and crew of more than 3 people.

Cast and crew are limited to no more than 7 on the street at any one time.

Applications for crews larger than 7 can be considered where the applicant can provide detailed documentation demonstrating how the current guidance will be adhered to. This documentation must also include access for businesses and members of the public. At least 5 working days notice is required for crews larger than 7 and may be longer depending on the application.

Waterloo Place is currently unavailable as a Unit Base. 


Please make sure you have read our COVID-19 Event Guidance (November 2020) carefully before you apply. This should be read in conjunction with our standard event guidelines which also still apply.


Applications for events are open.

Applications for low-impact events such as charity walks and brand activations will be considered within our standard timescales.

Event planning must comply with the latest UK government and industry guidance. Your application must state how you will comply with social distancing guidance and prevent a mass gathering from taking place.

Performing arts – working safely during coronavirus

Keeping workers and audiences safe during COVID-19

You must allow additional planning time to our standard timescales for licenses and permissions

We will continue to monitor and review these guidelines on an ongoing basis.

By submitting an event or filming application, the organiser accepts that activity may be cancelled without notice due to circumstances outside of our control and that all fees are chargeable.

To find out more about Westminster’s plans to reopen the city, visit the Westminster Reopens and Business Support web pages. 

Last updated: 1 December 2020