If you’ve got your production details ready, apply here, or find out more about filming permits in Auckland.

Most filming in Auckland public places requires a permit

You can apply here for a permit to film in Auckland public places such as footpaths, roads, parks, beaches and other public amenities. Before starting your online application, please ensure you have read the terms and conditions and have the required information:

  • Planned location(s) and site map(s)
  • Planned filming dates
  • Shoot information, including equipment you’ll use
  • Production details
  • Letter drop draft (if applicable)
  • Traffic Management Plan
  • Site specific Health and Safety Plan (including general crew notes)
  • SPFX Methodology (if applicable)
  • Drone operator certifications with variations and insurance (if applicable)
  • Public liability insurance

Not all shoots need a permit

The size, impact and location of your shoot will determine whether you need a permit. Contact us if you intend to film in any public space and we can discuss whether you require a permit.

How long do permits take to get?

The time it takes to approve your permit depends on the scale of your production.

For a small shoot, we need at least three working days to process a permit. If your shoot is larger and involves road closures or changes to usual public parking, allow at least 20 working days for us to notify the public and issue your permit.

Please note, consultation regarding some public spaces requires longer timeframes. Examples include parks situated over a closed landfills, regional parks or the tūpuna maunga (volcanic cones).

Film parking permits

To reserve parking spaces for any technical vehicles associated with a film shoot, you must apply for a film parking permit. These permits are specifically for essential film equipment vehicles and are not intended for crew vehicle use.

Information for students

Planning a shoot for a school or university assignment? If you plan to film on roads or other public places, it’s best if you contact us beforehand.

How do I get a fee waiver?

We assess permit fees on a case-by-case basis. If your project is not-for-profit, charity or community based, then talk to us for advice.

Filming on private property

If you are filming on private property, prior consultation with surrounding businesses and residents should be undertaken to ensure your activity does not unduly affect day to day operations in the area.

Filming fees

The size and impact of your production will determine how much your filming fees will be.

The size, impact and location of your production will determine how much your filming fees will be. Please refer to pages 14 and 15 of the 2019 Auckland Film Protocol for a general indication. Additional fees should be expected in regional parks (where ranger monitoring may be required) and note that the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority has its own fee structure for filming on tūpuna maunga.

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