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Filming and photography in Westminster

We welcome filming and photography applications and our team is on hand to help you plan a safe and successful shoot.

Published on: 10 January 2021

Last updated: 26 January 2023

Charges for events and filming will increase from 13 February 2023. These new fees will apply for applications received on or after this date.

Please note our published timescales for processing filming applications are below. These timescales start the following working day after the application fee is received:

  • filming of a simple shoot with a tripod (tripod and/or handheld lights) with a maximum cast and crew of 7 people - 3 working days’ notice
  • filming requiring parking suspensions or for crews larger than 7 people - 10 working days’ notice
  • filming requiring use of residential areas, traffic holds, night shoots, removal of street furniture, crane, platform, or temporary structures - 1 months’ notice
  • filming requiring a road closure - 3 months’ notice

You do not need to apply if:

  • you are filming breaking news
  • you are filming on private property with no impact on surrounding roads or streets
  • your shoot meets all the following:
    • you are only using a handheld camera
    • your filming will not cause an obstruction or attract a crowd
    • no more than five people are involved in the filming
    • you are not filming in a park or garden

Please check who owns your chosen location in case you need additional permission.

From West End landmarks and riverside views to the residential locations of Maida Vale, Mayfair and Pimlico, our streets, squares and parks provide the perfect backdrop for filming and photography.

The city has starred in countless blockbusters, dramas and independent productions including Skyfall, The Crown and Fast and Furious.

We welcome filming applications and our team is on hand to help you plan a safe and successful shoot.

While COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in England, there is a risk you could catch or pass on the virus, even if you are fully vaccinated. We can all play our part in reducing the risks of COVID-19 infection by following Government guidance.

Read the full guidance on GOV.UK and industry guidance on Film London website

All applications will be reviewed and considered in line with current guidance.

Government guidance is still in place relating to the work place and other public activities, therefore you will still be required to include COVID-19 within your risk assessment.

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