Apply for a film permit

Whether your production is a Hollywood blockbuster or a school project, you will need a permit if you want to film in public. Screen Wellington works with the relevant council on your behalf to secure film permits.

Apply for a permit

The film permit approval process

You will need to allow three to five working days for approval of your application. If your shoot requires traffic management or road closures, you will need to allow for more time.

Health and Safety

Film and television sets can be fast-paced and demanding environments. To maintain the wellbeing of all cast and crew, there need to be health and safety measures.

ScreenSafe supports and promotes Health and Safety in the New Zealand Screen Sector. It has guidelines to ensure best practice on and off set, including Health and Safety plan and Risk Assessment templates.

ScreenSafe guidelines

Public liability insurance

To get permission to film in public spaces, productions must show proof of public liability insurance. This insurance covers the legal responsibilities of your production if your activities cause injury to a third party or damage to property.

If you’re a student, your organisation should have this insurance, but you’ll need to provide proof for your film permit.

Film crew on a camera dolly track, on Lambton quay.