COVID-19 Film Permit Update


Until further notice, all filming activity requires a permit application. We can issue film permits throughout New Zealand government alert levels 3, 2 and 1 but you will need to register with ScreenSafe and comply with ScreenSafe's Health and Safety COVID-19 Standard and Protocols



Once your production details are confirmed, you can apply for a film permit below. 

You can apply for a permit to film in Auckland public places such as footpaths, roads, parks, beaches and other public amenities. We have developed a comprehensive guideline to permits under each COVID-19 alert level. Please read that here. Before you apply for a film permit, please ensure you have read the terms and conditions and have the following supporting information ready to include in your application:


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  • Shoot information, including equipment you’ll use
  • Production details
  • Letter drop draft (if applicable)
  • Traffic Management Plan 
  • SPFX Methodology (if applicable)
  • Drone operator certifications with variations and insurance (if applicable)

Screen Auckland requires a minimum of three full working days for processing and consultation from the date we receive a completed application. However, the time it takes to approve a permit will depend on the scale of your production.
Please note that some public spaces will require additional consultation which will extend the timeframe of the permit being issued.  Examples include parks situated over closed landfills, regional parks or the tūpuna maunga (Auckland's volcanic cones).  
For larger shoots that involve road closures or changes to usual public parking, please allow at least 20 working days for your permit to be issued as public notification will be necessary.

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

If you are planning a shoot for school or university assignment on roads or other public spaces, please contact us beforehand.

Permit fees are assessed on a case-by-case basis. If your project is not-for-profit, for charity, or part of a community based project, please contact us to discuss.

When filming on private property, you should consult with surrounding businesses and residents prior to your shoot to make sure you do not affect day to day activities in the area.

The location, size and impact of activities planned for your production will determine the total permit fee. Please refer to pages 14 & 15 of the 2019 Auckland Film Protocol for a general indication. Additional fees should be expected when filming in regional parks (where ranger monitoring may be required). Please also note that the Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makaurau Authority has its own fee structure for filming on tupuna maunga. 

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