Once you have your full production details confirmed, please apply here, or discover more about permitting filming activities in Auckland.

Filming activities in most public locations in Auckland will require a permit.

You can apply below for a filming permit for public locations maintained or owned by Auckland Council, such as footpaths, roads, parks, beaches and other public amenities. If your location is maintained by another organisation or authority, we will point you in the right direction. 

Before you begin, please ensure you have read the terms and conditions and have the following supporting information ready to include with your application:

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

Not all filming activities need a permit

Please contact us to discuss the filming plans you may have. The size, impact, and location of your shoot may mean a permit is not necessary.

How long do permits take to get?

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.

Film parking permits

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.

Information for students

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

How do I get a fee waiver?

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.

Filming on private property

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.

Filming fees

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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