Please Note: We require a minimum of 14 working days notice for filming/photography requests.

Student Notice: We currently aren’t accepting student requests. This will be reviewed in December.

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A minimum of 3 weeks’ notice is required for student requests.

Students wishing to film in Royal Greenwich may send details of their enquiry to filmofficer@royalgreenwich.gov.uk.

A Film Officer will assess your request, advise accordingly and if necessary ask you to fill out a filming application.

Before permission is granted a copy of your college/university public liability insurance must be submitted. The minimum cover requirement is £5million.

On signing the licence you agree to provide Film Greenwich with a copy of the production and an end credit.

Do you come under the Street filming Guidelines for ‘legal street filming’?

  • You are a crew and cast of five or less people
  • Filming on a public highway (footpath only) - no private roads/pathways
  • All filming activity on a residential street to take place between 8am and 9pm only
  • Noise levels to be kept to a minimum on residential streets
  • You are using a handheld camera, tripod and/or a handheld sound kit only – additional equipment will not be permitted
  • You will not obstruct entrances to business or residential properties
  • You will not obstruct any gateways or access roads
  • You will not be causing any obstruction on the public highway
  • You will not be disrupting members of the public
  • You do not require a road or path closure
  • You do not require additional equipment
  • You will not be using any special effects
  • You will not use real or replica weapons
  • You will not film scenes involving violence or nudity
  • All activity in compliance with the Government, BFC and Film London Covid 19 Guidelines
  • All activity in accordance with the guidelines as set out in the ‘Location Filming in London Code of Practice’ produced by Film London
  • You must have public liability insurance of at least £5million

You will not require a filming permit if all of the above applies to your shoot. We do however, ask that you submit a filming application so 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 can issue a Notice of No Objection (NoNO) for £35 + VAT. Please note that this is not a legal requirement.

Please be informed that the above applies to Council owned streets/footpaths only. You will need to obtain a film licence if your filming exceeds the criteria for ‘legal street filming’. You will also need a film licence to use all other locations including our parks and open spaces.

You will be charged a fee to use any licensed filming/photography. You will be charged the reduced rate of £50 + VAT for a maximum of 4 hours on site for simple shoots. Subsequent hours will be charged between £15-£25 + VAT per hour. More complex requests are charged at £50 + VAT per hour plus any additional costs to facilitate your shoot. Film Greenwich will endeavour to provide approximate costs on receipt of a filming application.

We manage and licence filming at all Council owned properties, parks and streets in the borough. If you would like to film at a private location you will need to seek permission from the owner of the site.

If your location search is for a residential property, a shop or a restaurant it is advisable to speak to family and friends in the first instance as fees are generally applicable when filming at these types of locations.

As per any filming request for a public highway our Highways Dept will need to approve the filming activity. Residents will also need to be consulted about your shoot 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. We have to allow a minimum of 5 working days for residents to raise any concerns that they may have.

Please note that we charge an admin fee of £35 + 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 do not allow student filming at any of our cemeteries. This is because they are a sensitive location and we must limit the level of disruption to these sites.

A minimum of 3 weeks’ notice is applicable for all student filming/photography requests.

You can apply for parking via our filming application. Our Parking Dept will receive your parking request and reply directly to you. Please see parking fees and notice periods below.

TYPE OF PARKING PARKING COST MINIMUM NOTICE PERIOD
Bay Suspension £53 10 full working days
Single Yellow Line Dispensation £27 7 full working days
Film Parking Permit £35 4 full working days

Our Parking Dept also charge a non-refundable administration fee of £50 for all approved suspension applications.

Film Parking Permit (FPP):

We offer a maximum of 6 FPPs 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 five working days’ notice. To request a permit you will need to submit a filming application.

Please note that we cannot licence student filming that involves the use of replica weapons in a public space. We can consider licensing the use of replica weapons inside a building only provided that you contact the Met Police Film Unit and are given a weapon CAD No. To contact them please call 020 3054 5555 or email filmunit@met.police.uk.

Filming involving special effects will require a risk assessment/method statement to be submitted prior to a licence being issued.

If you are interested in sourcing funding for your project, please refer to the Film London website for a current list of funding pots available.