Filming consent

Brisbane City Council regulates film production and still photography to ensure that activities are carried out safely and disruption to residents and businesses is minimised. Consent is not required for filming or still photography conducted solely on private property. If you are planning to film in public areas, find out:

When you need consent

The following activities require consent:

  • any use of public areas including closing or part use of such areas (for example, parks, malls, roadways, footpaths)
  • vehicle access to public areas (for example, parks, malls, roadways, footpaths)
  • leaving equipment unattended
  • leaving cables on the ground in a public area
  • using equipment such as catering and changing facilities
  • all student films or still photography in public areas (for example, footpaths, parks, Malls, roadways)
  • wedding photography to promote photography business – (for example staging the photo shoot for advertising purposes)
  • use of a Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA/drone) in public spaces (for example parks, footpaths, roads).

When no consent is needed

Consent is not required for the following:

  • filming or still photography solely on private property
  • filming for news, current affairs shows or live to air reporting
  • wedding photography not using props or the special use of a section of a Council park, note: if wedding photographer is staging the photo shoot for advertising purpose then consent is required.

Properties not managed by Council

The following locations are not managed by Council so you do not require a permit from Council. You will need to contact these properties directly to request permission to use them for filming:

How to apply

Brisbane's film liaison office provides convenient services to filmmakers. If consent is required, you will need to submit an application to Council a minimum of five working days before the filming.

If you propose to film on a road including placing equipment, props or talent on the road, you can apply for a road closure as part of your Filming in Brisbane consent application. Find out more about road closures for filming.

  1. Supporting documents
    Prepare the attachments required for your online application as Word, PDF or JPG files. Required attachments include:
    • Site map for each location - a photo or detailed map with locations and equipment clearly marked
    • Certificate of Currency for Public Liability Insurance
      • for a minimum of AU$20 million
      • must be valid for period of filming
    • Resident/business notification letter
    • Safe work method statement/risk assessment
    • Budget outline for production
    • For vox pops:
      • interview questions to be asked to members of the public
    • For students:
      • a letter from the lecturer confirming:
        • proof of enrolment in the relevant subject/unit
        • the filming is part of course assessment
    • For RPA
      • Certificate of Currency for Public Liability Insurance for the RPA pilot for a minimum of AU$20 million
      • must be valid for period of filming 
      • site Map for launch and land (exclusion zones) 
      • risk assessment 
      • CASA accreditation documents 
        • ​ReOC/RePL, operators certificate 
        • any exemption documents from CASA
    • For road closures:
      • a copy of the Traffic Management Plan for road closure in accordance with the Department of Transport and Main Roads' Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Part 3 - Works on Road
      • a completed Queensland Police Service Application for General Permit (road closure). If you require a copy of this form, contact the Film Approvals Liaison Officer on 133 BNE (133 263).
  2. Filming in Brisbane consent application
    Complete the Filming in Brisbane consent application online form and upload your supporting documents.

For low impact filming, you must submit the application form with site maps and all supporting documents to Council a minimum of five working days before the filming commences.
For larger projects, you need to submit all information a minimum of one month in advance.
Applications cannot be assessed until all required information is submitted.

Film and still photography consent for students

Student projects are subject to the same rules and consent requirements as professional productions, however there are some key provisions to note:

  • no consent fee - Brisbane City Council waives the film consent fee for student projects
  • proof of enrolment - students need to provide a letter from the lecturer confirming:
    • proof of enrolment in the relevant subject or field
    • the filming is part of the course assessment
  • public liability insurance - students must obtain a Certificate of Currency for Public Liability Insurance from their study institution. This needs to be for a minimum of AU$20 million and must be valid for the period of filming.

Planning a film shoot can have its challenges. To make the process easier, minimise the paperwork and focus on the creative side, download the Tips for student film production (Word - 137kb).

Fees

An application fee will not be charged in the following situations:

  • low impact film productions involving minimal crew
  • film productions with a budget of $100,000 or less
  • not-for-profit screen industry development organisations
  • religious and charitable organisations listed in Appendix A of Council's Schedule of Fees and Charges
  • news or current affairs for an existing television program or program with a definite on air schedule
  • a story featuring an interview with an approved Council spokesperson
  • a story that promotes Brisbane City Council products, services or initiatives
  • a program that promotes Brisbane as a destination and credits Brisbane City Council in end credits
  • students at school, TAFE, university or those undertaking an approve course.
Fee for filming in Brisbane.
Type Fee
Filming in Brisbane application $709.80 *

* includes GST.

Fees are not payable at the time of submitting the application, but will be invoiced before the permit is issued. When invoiced, you can make payment online or at one of Council's Regional Business Centres.

The fee is a one-off fee for each new production that provides access to approved Council assets for the duration of filming. Where appropriate, a performance bond may be required and Council may negotiate an appropriate fee for direct use of Council assets, including but not limited to:

  • use of council car parks
  • metered parking spaces
  • any after-hours filming requiring Council staff attendance
  • Council buildings and areas managed by Council or its representatives, such as malls, King George Square and Community Halls hire fee.

More information

For more information, phone the Film Approvals Liaison Officer on 133 BNE (133 263).

Last updated:24 June 2019