Filming permit requirements

When do I need a filming permit?

You need to apply for a permit to film if you wish to use Yarra's roads, parks and gardens, sporting grounds, footpaths or laneways to facilitate your film shoot.

What is commercial filming?

Commercial filming includes still photography, television, feature films, advertising and television commercials, documentaries and music videos.

All commercial filming activities are required to apply for a permit.

What is a major impact filming activity?

Major impact filming is assessed as having an impact on the public amenity and residents, with extensive equipment and crew and could include but is not limited to:

  • Equipment including tripods, dollies, generators and lighting
  • Requirement for tents and/or marquees
  • Production trucks and cars
  • Requirement for reserved parking
  • Requirement of a traffic management plan

What is a minor impact filming activity?

Minor impact filming is assessed as having minimal impact on public amenity and residents and could include small budget productions, adds and still shots. Equipment and crew could include but is not limited to:

  • A filming activity involving approximately 6 people
  • No more than 1 camera, 1 tripod, and handheld sound recording equipment
  • Public safety to be maintained at all times
  • All public pathways, footpaths and roads must not be blocked

All minor impact filming activities are required to apply for a permit.

Student filming and non profit making filming

If you are a student and you wish to film in Yarra you are required to apply for a filming permit. You will not be charged for the permit, however you will be requested to submit a completed application form and supply all requested information to assist with a formal assessment.

If you are making a film for a not for profit entity, you are still required to apply for a filming permit. You will not be charged for the permit, however you will be requested to submit a completed application form and supply all requested information to assist with a formal assessment.

You will be required to supply your current Victorian Fundraising Registration Number at application.

How do I apply for a filming permit?

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  1. Download the application form.  Fill it out and upload when submitting your application. (You can only upload PDF, JPEG, JPG documents)
  2. Read our permit user guide to help with submitting an online application, creating a new login and resetting your password.
  3. Click here to submit your application online.
  4. You will receive an application number immediately and it will be sent directly to the permits team for processing.                
  5. You will be notified once an assessment has been completed.                  

How long will my permit take?

When all required documentation has been supplied and satisfactory you can expect to have your permit generally within 5 working days.

What else do I need to check or apply for before filming?

Parking

If you require parking in the area you will need to complete the parking request information on the application form and will be assessed. You will be charged a daily rate for each parking bay you require.

Current fees

Commercial street
  • First day – $103
  • Subsequent day – $52
Non-commercial street
  • First day – $62
  • Subsequent day – $31   

Parks or gardens

If you require use of a Yarra facility, park, sports ground or other open space, your application will be assessed to ensure it meets our hiring conditions and the location is available. If approved a separate booking fee will apply.

How much will my filming permit cost?

Permit fees

  • Commercial/major impact filming – $1220.25
  • Commercial/low impact filming – $408.50
  • Student filming – no charge
  • Non-profit making films – no charge

Inspection fees

  • Inspection fee – $147.85
  • Out of hours inspection fee – $449.10

Multiple inspection fees may apply.

Filming Approval Act 2014

In Victoria there is legislation to standardise the process for obtaining commercial filming permits on public land managed by local Councils and State Government agencies.

The Filming Approval Act 2014, provides a framework for the approval of filming permits. It outlines 8 film friendly principles and the guidelines for commercial filming on public land across the state.

Other resources available

For more information call Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 or email info@yarracity.vic.gov.au.