Filming and photography in the borough

Information on requirements for filming and photography in the borough. This includes the application process and lead times.

Filming and Photography in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Our aim is to ensure that all filming and photography activities are carried out safely and with minimum disruption to our residents and businesses. We aim to achieve this by:

  • providing a friendly and effective service, using our local knowledge and expertise in dealing with all manner of filming enquiries and facilitating large and small shoots
  • co-ordinating Council services and providing a trouble-shooting service
  • protecting the interests of our residents and ensuring that those filming on-street adhere to best practice and to all Council requirements

Apply to film

To film or photograph in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, you will need need to apply for a Notice of No Objection unless your shoot is all of the following:

  • cast and crew is under 5 people
  • all equipment is handheld, and
  • the shoot is on a public street

We require a minimum of 10 working days to process your application, but can sometimes process late applications at the Film Officer’s discretion.

Please apply for a Notice of No Objection on the FilmApp website.

You must provide Public Liability Insurance covering a minimum indemnity of £5million.

Film London Code of Practice [PDF] (file size 1.06 MB)

 

Fees and charges

Filming fees and charges [PDF] (file size 51.64 KB)

 

Parks

You will need to make an application to film or photograph in any of our parks regardless of cast and crew size. This includes for wedding/engagement shoots.

The parks fees can be found Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Filming Fees 2018:

Parking suspensions

To apply for a parking suspension, please download and complete the Parking Suspension Form 2018 below and return it to us at: filmoffice@rbkc.gov.uk, along with a map.

Parking suspension form [Word] (file size 57.8 KB)
Parking suspension form [PDF] (file size 213.25 KB)

Please note:

  • we require 5 working days to suspend pay and display bays, and 15 working days to suspend residential bays (in special circumstances, we can also disregard single yellow lines)
  • residential bays are suspended at a film officer’s discretion, with the expectation that pay and display bays are suspended to give residents alternative parking nearby
  • we do not suspend bays for cast and crew cars
  • we only process suspensions for Winnebago’s if there will be minimal disruption to residents (Winnebago’s must never be extended onto highway or pavement)

Highways

You will need a Temporary Highway Consent (THC) licence if you are placing a structure, such as a dolly and track, or light on the highway.

Please complete the THC Indemnity Form and return to us at: filmoffice@rbkc.gov.uk, along with a map with dimensions, to apply for a THC licence.

Temporary Highway Consent Indemnity form [msword] (file size 80.5 KB)

If you are using any lifting equipment, such as a jib or a cherry picker, you will need to apply for a Mobile Lifting Operations (MLO) licence. Please see the Mobile Lifting Operations (MLO) page for more information.

In special circumstances, the council will facilitate traffic management. Please see the Temporary Traffic Orders (TTO) page for more information.

Locations

For filming locations visit the Location Library page, which hosts potential filming locations across the borough.

Drones

Please contact us directly regarding drone filming.

Contact us

To enquire about filming in the borough, please email us at: filmoffice@rbkc.gov.uk