Filming in our shire

Overview

We are a film-friendly region that is willing to work cooperatively with both film applicants and our residents.

If you are filming on public land, you are required to contact Council. If you are filming on private property, a permit is not required although it would be advisable to check to see if other permits may be needed.

What types of filming?

  • Commercial filming
  • Television
  • Feature films
  • Advertising and television commercials
  • Documentaries
  • Music videos.
People wishing to film in a public space or on a road can contact Trudy Campbell on (03) 5422 0320 or via tcampbell@mrsc.vic.gov.au
 
As part of our process, we will respond to your application within five business days. If your filming activity is complex, it may take more than five days for a permit to be issued.

Low-impact filming

Low-impact filming involves:

  • six or less people (including all production crew and talent)
  • no more than one camera, one tripod and handheld sound recording equipment
  • maintenance of public safety
  • access to public pathways, footpaths and roads at all times.

To help us assess whether your filming is low-impact, please email mrsc@mrsc.vic.gov.au the following information: 

  • Number of people involved
  • Equipment that will be used
  • An indication on whether you will need to close/restrict public pathways, footpaths and roads
  • Copy of your public liability insurance.

Fees and permits

For fees involved in filming:

Please note: a film permit application is currently in development. For further information or to discuss your project and whether you need a permit, contact Trudy Campbell via tcampbell@mrsc.vic.gov.au or (03) 5422 0320.

Filming Approval Act 2014

In August 2014, the Filming Approval Act 2014 was passed to standardise the process for obtaining commercial filming permits on public land, and came into effect 1 March 2015. 

The Act provides a framework for the approval of filming permits, and guidelines that outline eight film-friendly principles for commercial filming on public land across Victoria.