Coronavirus advice - events and filming

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

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 safely support the easing of lockdown 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 will reopen on Monday 3 August for filming scheduled from Monday 10 August.

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.

Large shoots including those that require a road closure or traffic management can apply for a consultation from 3 August.

Road closures for filming purposes will be considered from December 2020.

Waterloo Place is currently unavailable as a Unit Base. 


Applications for events will reopen on Monday 3 August.

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

If you are submitting a new event application, it should not be scheduled to take place before 19 October.

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: 5 August 2020