Filming & Photography

Photography
Filming and photography in the City Botany Bay is welcomed. The Council is a great supporter of the Australian Film Industry and welcomes photographers and filmmakers to our City for the many cultural and economic benefits it brings.

Council is responsible for balancing these opportunities with other important community needs including safety, care of public infrastructure, equitable access to facilities and preservation of local amenity. We aim for a seamless process that allows filming companies to work within the community and ensure they achieve the desired results for their production with minimum disruption to local residents and businesses. 

Planning & Working Together 

NSW Local Government Filming Protocol provides detailed advice on how filmmakers and Council can best work together. The Protocol has practical information as well as details on responsibilities of each party. It also provides a standard framework for assessment of filming proposals and the application of administration fees.

Filmmakers are strongly encouraged to make contact with Council as early as possible if they are considering public areas in the City of Botany Bay as likely locations. The lead-time approvals, especially for traffic management planning, can take several weeks. 

A proposal for complex filming should be discussed with our Film Contact Officer before lodging an application  – approximately 6 to 8 weeks ahead of filming is recommended. An application  for production that does not require road closures and will not affect pedestrian, residential or other stakeholder access should be lodged at least 2 weeks in advance.

If your production is on private land and has the potential to affect pedestrian or vehicle access (including parking) in public areas you should discuss this with our specialist staff. Requirements to obtain certain permits may still apply.

Standard Fees

Standard fees for filming and photography vary according to the nature and impact of the proposed activities. There are also standard fees for assessment of Traffic Management Plans. Some additional fees may be applicable for certain permits (e.g. erecting temporary structures) as well ones to cover costs for other services such as inspection and supervision of sites. More information on fees is located in Council’s Schedule of Fees & Charges.

FILMING CATEGORIES AND FEES
Ultra Low Impact Low Impact Medium Impact High Impact
No more than 10 crew 11-25 crew 26-50crew > 50 crew
No disruption is caused to Council’s stakeholders, retailers or motorists or other events in the vicinity of the activities No more than 4 trucks / vans No more than 10 trucks > 10 trucks
Activities are contained to footways or public open space areas only No construction Some construction Significant construction
Public safety is maintained at all times during the conduct of the activities Minimal equipment / lighting Equipment used -e.g. dolly, trucks, medium sized cranes, jibs Extensive equipment
Vehicles associated with the conduct of activities are legally parked at all times and are not driven onto footways, parks or plaza areas Small or no base unit required Unit base required Large unit base required
- Usually 1-2 locations No more than 4 locations >4 locations
No charge $165 $330 $550

FEES FOR ASSESSMENT OF TRAFFIC PLANS
Low Impact Medium Impact High Impact
Stop / Go traffic control on a local or council managed road Stop / Go traffic control on a multi-laned or state road Road closures
Police consultation Police consultation Police consultation
- RMS consultation RMS consultation
$110 $330 Quote to be negotiated based on Council’s road closure fees

Some additional fees may be applicable for certain permits (e.g. erecting temporary structures) as well ones to cover costs for other services such as inspection and supervision of sites. More information on fees (including those related to commercial photography) is located in Council’s current Schedule of Fees & Charges.