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Coronavirus advice for events and filming

Guidance on events and filming applications during national lockdown.

Published: 12 January 2021

Last updated: 22 April 2021

The Government has set out its phased roadmap to bring England out of national lockdown. Along with the rest of the country, Westminster is following that roadmap to lift restrictions on its residents, businesses and visitors in four steps. From Monday 12 April, Step 2 on the roadmap comes into effect.

Read the full guidance on GOV.UK

Whilst our application system for events and filming remains open, all applications will be reviewed and considered in line with current guidance. Please note when considering the date for your activity, especially in regards to events, that the Government has advised that the published dates are ‘no earlier than’ and  there may need to be late changes to plans should there be pauses in the implementation of the roadmap.

The look and feel of the city has continued to change since March last year including the addition of al fresco dinging and as a result of these changes we continue to adapt 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.

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.

Filming

Please make sure you have read our COVID-19 filming guidance carefully before you apply. This should be read in conjunction with our standard filming guidelines which also still apply.

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COVID-19 filming guidance PDF, 154.73 KB, 2 pages

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 - 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 now available as a Unit Base. 

Our Housing Team are currently not accepting applications to film on Housing Estates.

Events

Please make sure you have read our COVID-19 event guidance carefully before you apply. This should be read in conjunction with our standard event guidelines which also still apply.

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COVID-19 event guidance PDF, 264.01 KB, 14 pages

Applications for events are open.

Applications will be assessed in line with current guidance and will only be able to take place should Westminster move into the appropriate step of the roadmap for your proposed activities. You should take this into account when making your application.  

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.

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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 our help and info, visit the Westminster COVID-19 and Business Support web pages.