Bristol Film Permissions - How to apply

Bristol Film Office is a one-stop-shop for all filming and photography in the city. We are a dedicated team within Bristol City Council for productions & locations and can assist with all enquiries and relevant liaisons & permissions.

All FILMING IN BRISTOL CITY COUNCIL LOCATIONS WILL REQUIRE PERMISSION*
 
These locations include:
 
-PARKS
-HIGHWAYS & STREETS 
-DOCKS & HARBOURSIDE
-MANAGED ESTATES
-CAR PARKS
-CREMATORIUM & CEMETERIES
-MUSEUMS
-LIBRARIES
-MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS
-CENTRE SPACES
 
 
WE CANNOT PROCESS ANY APPLICATION UNLESS THE FOLLOWING ARE INCLUDED: 
 
-A RISK ASSESSMENT
-EVIDENCE OF YOUR PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE (min £5m)
 
Your application will undergo checks by relevant council services and organisations such as the Police. When everyone is satisfied that your production will be safe and well managed, Bristol Film Office will issue your permit via email. If you are employing children in your production, you may need to apply for a license from the Education Welfare Service. Follow this link for the application form and further details.
 
Filming fees may be applicable; contact Bristol Film Office for further advice on these. Where possible we will waive location fees for students and charity productions, though staffing costs may be incurred.

 
*Professional 'News' crews are not required to apply for permission to film. Stills photographers working with limited equipment (handheld cameras/tripod/portable lighting stand) are also exempt from the licensing process and need not apply for a permit. If in doubt, please contact us to check whether you require permission*