Filmmaker frequently asked questions

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For all filming in Royal Greenwich it is best to submit a filming application form or email a brief outline to filmofficer@royalgreenwich.gov.uk. Once received, we will either suggest suitable locations or check if a specific location is available for filming. We will then advise you on the next step to process your application.

Important: Filming cannot be agreed without proof of Public Liability Insurance; the minimum cover we require is £5million.

If you’re not sure about a location please call us on 020 8921 6048/6146 or email filmofficer@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

We aim to reply to filming enquiries/applications within two working days but this will depend on how busy the department is and how urgent your request is. There are certain notice periods to film at particular locations. We will always advise on lead in times and the process for getting the necessary permissions.

As much time as possible! However, we know that it is not always feasible. We have worked in the industry for many years and are accustomed to having to work to short notice and with tight deadlines.

Please give a minimum of 5 working days notice for low key filming requests and 10-15 working days notice for more complex shoots or for medium scale filming on a residential street. We would require more notice for large scale filming at a residential location and for road closures.

A filming licence is required to film at all our locations unless you fall under ‘legal street filming’. The Street Filming Guidelines are:

  • Filming on a public highway only - no private roads
  • You are a crew and cast of five or less people
  • You are using a handheld camera, tripod and a handheld sound kit
  • You have public liability insurance of at least £5million
  • You do not require additional equipment
  • You do not require a road or path closure
  • You will not be using any special effect
  • You will not be disrupting members of the public
  • You will not use real or replica weapons
  • You will not film scenes involving violence or nudity
  • You will not obstruct entrances to business or residential properties
  • You will not be causing any obstruction on the public highway
  • All filming activity will take place after 8am and before 9pm

If all of the above applies to your shoot then you will not require a filming permit. We do, however ask that you submit a filming application so that we have all relevant details on our system in case of queries from members of the public.

If you require official paperwork, for peace of mind, we offer a Notice of No Objection for £50 + VAT but this is not a legal requirement.

There are a few differences for student filming/photography requests;

  • We ask for a minimum of three weeks notice
  • We do not licence filming that involves scenes of violence and use of replica weapons at a public location
  • We do not licence filming involving nudity in our locations
  • We have a no student filming policy at our cemetery locations.
  • Students are always offered a reduced fee.

More information: student filming guidelines

Filming charges depend on the location, type and length of the shoot taking place. All fees therefore vary and are sometimes negotiable. Here is a guide of our current price list.

If your filming exceeds the ‘legal street filming’ requirements you must always consult residents about your filming via a letter drop. The letter will need to be approved by us before it is sent out. You can use our template residents letter. Residents require 5-20 working days notice depending on the level of filming activity.

Please note that we charge an admin fee of £75 + VAT to oversee the residents consultation. The fee covers our time to review/amend the letter, consult Wards Councillors and deal with queries from our residents. We will increase the admin fee if we have to allocate a substantial amount of time to deal with many complaints/concerns from residents.

We require 4 weeks notice for a road closure up to 24 hours and 6 weeks notice for road closures up to 7 days. You will need to apply for a road closure via our online filming application and submit your Traffic Management Plans with RAMS from a professional traffic management company.

We require 7 working days notice for traffic management requests. You will need to apply for a Traffic Notice via our online filming application and submit your Traffic Management Plans with RAMS from a professional traffic management company. We allow holds for a maximum of 3 minute at a time. We do not permit traffic management during rush hour on our busy roads.

If you would like temporary traffic control on a bus route you will also need permission from TFL. Please contact redroutefilming@tfl.gov.uk.

You can apply for parking via our filming application. Our Parking Dept will receive your parking request and reply directly to you. They require 10 working days notice for all requests. Please see parking fees below.

Type of ParkingFirst day chargeSubsequent day charge
Meter or pay and display pay suspension£67£24
All other bay suspensions£67£7
Dispensations£18£18

Film Parking Permit:

We offer a maximum of six film parking permits per day with a vehicle height limit of 3 metres and width of 1.95 metres. The permit entitles the vehicle to be parked in any marked permit or shared use bay within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The fee is £35 + VAT per permit. We require a minimum of three working days’ notice. To request a permit you will need to submit a filming application.

If you have further parking queries you can email parking@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

It is always advisable to inform the Police of any filming or photography taking place in a public space and if you are planning to use replica weapons. You will need to contact the Met Film Unit. To contact them please call 020 3054 5555 or email filmunit@met.police.uk.

Please refer to our emergency contacts page for details.