Filming Application Process
Liverpool Film Office is a one-stop-shop for all filming and photography in the city. We are a dedicated team within Liverpool City Council for productions & locations and can assist with all enquiries and relevant liaisons & permissions.
All FILMING on or around Liverpool City Council land, buildings, facilities and Public Highways WILL REQUIRE PERMISSION*
Production activity in this current COVID climate brings additional challenges, and further assessment is needed.
National Restrictions in England from 5 January
Covid-secure Film & TV Production Continues.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of further National restrictions to operate throughout England from January 5th, the Secretary of State for DCMS has confirmed that whilst you should work from home unless you cannot, exemptions are in place for the creative sector which includes film & TV production. Additionally, filming can continue to take place in the premises of businesses that are closed which is set out on page 20 of the published Government Guidance here.
Therefore, it has been advised that Covid-secure film and TV production operating under the appropriate national guidance (see links below) can continue in England under the new restrictions thanks to the rigorous and comprehensive Covid safety industry protocols.
Unfortunately we cannot process any filming requests from students at this time. Under the current Government Guidance, the only exceptions for students permitted to leave home to engage in educational opportunities are those attending health, veterinary, teaching or policing programmes or those with professional body requirements.
COVID-19 Filming Guidance
Please note that in relation to COVID-19, we advise all filming takes place within the current UK Government regulations and adheres to safe working practices outlined in the relevant film and TV industry specialist guidance:
- Film & High-End TV Drama: British Film Commission
- TV Production: PACT/UK Broadcasters.
- Commercials: Advertising Producers Association.
- Filming in Liverpool: Liverpool Film Office Code of Practice
- Liverpool COVID-19 information and advice: Liverpool City Council
Production should give as much time as possible for a full assessment of activities to take place. If insufficient time is given for assessment to take place the production runs the risk of approval not being granted.
These locations include (but are not exclusive to):
- HIGHWAYS & STREETS
- PARKS, public and pedestrianised Spaces
- MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS
- CAR PARKS and on-street parking
- CREMATORIUM & CEMETERIES
WE CANNOT PROCESS ANY APPLICATION UNLESS THE FOLLOWING ARE INCLUDED:
- EVIDENCE OF YOUR PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE (min £5m)
- A GENERIC RISK ASSESSMENT
- A COVID SPECIFIC RISK ASSESMENT
Further information on what is required can be found in the Filming in Liverpool Code of Practice
Our Film Permit Admin Fees document also includes other film related fees that may be of use.
For our fees, click here.
For information, Liverpool City Region registered production companies will not be charged for Film Permits (but will still need to apply).
Please find above the ‘Terms & Conditions’ for the Film Permit, these will need to be agreed to as part of the application process prior to submission.
If you are employing children in your production, you may need to apply for a licence from the Education Welfare Service. Follow this link for the application form and further details.
Parking (Liverpool City Council only)
Suspensions of pay and display bays may be granted in special circumstances (such as filming) for a fee of £24 per bay each day, plus a £25 administration fee.
Apply to suspend pay and display parking bays here.
Apply for a dispensation to park on a single yellow line here.
For more information, please visit the Liverpool City Council website here.
For parking in Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley, Halton and St Helens, please contact Liverpool Film Office.
(Liverpool Film Office on behalf of) Liverpool City Council (LCC) uses your personal data to process applications you submit on behalf of film makers and production companies, wanting permission to film on council / public property, parks and general streets/ highways areas as well as crematoriums & cemeteries.
LCC are required to process your data prior to entering a contract with you and we do not require your permission.
Your personal information will only be used and processed by the Liverpool Film office team in order to achieve your filming permission and will be reviewed or destroyed after 5 years.
Your information will be held in EU and US systems.
If you are concerned about how we are using your data, please make contact via Liverpool City Councils freedom of information page
More information about your rights is available on our website, or via the Information Commissioner (www.ico.org.uk).