Filming and photography in the borough

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

Our aim is to ensure that all filming 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

Applying to film

  • We require a minimum of 10 working days to process your application.
  • During the busy summer months (July to August), a minimum of 10 to 20 working days are required depending on the size and potential impact of the shoot.
  • The cost of officer admin is £80 per hour.
  • Late applications are accepted and processed at the film officer’s discretion. A late application fee of £80 will be charged. 
  • You must provide Public Liability Insurance covering a minimum indemnity of £5m. As each film application is different you may be requested to provide other details as well.

Start an online application to film in the Royal Borough

Filming and photography during Notting Hill Carnival 2017

Applying to film

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea does not organise Notting Hill Carnival – we facilitate the event. The Film Office does however work in close unison with the London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprise Trust (LNCET) and we collaboratively endeavour to support all media and press low-key film applications ( maximum 5 cast/crew, with hand held equipment only).

Larger applications may also be considered, however as a guideline, the following examples of film shoots will not be supported:

  • Filming with replica police/ambulance costumes/cars.
  • Filming with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAS’s/Drones).
  • Filming with replica fire arms.
  • Filming that requires road closures or degrees of control that are not operationally possible.

Applications to film are to be made via the FilmApp.

Press Passes to VIP areas and Satellite Truck parking

The Film Office can only assist with filming in the public areas of the Carnival footprint

For any enquiries regarding floats, sound systems, marketing, fundraising, press passes or access to VIP’s areas at Carnival and satellite truck parking, please contact the Carnival organisers directly at as they will be able to advise you best.

Applying for parking suspensions

We require seven working days notice to process pay and display parking suspensions and 15 working days for resident bays (except during July and August when we require 10 or more days for all). 

Applications must be submitted before 12 noon and the cost of suspending a bay or single yellow waiver is £51 per day. 

Please submit your parking requests with your application form and include:

  • the time and date the suspension is required
  • the number of bays
  • the type of bay (pay and display/resident)
  • the location (road name, machine number/house number)
  • a parking map/sketch of the required suspensions

In some circumstances displacement parking will also need to be provided. The Filming and Special Events Office will advise where necessary. The Filming and Special Events Office also charge an administration fee at an hourly rate (currently £80 inclusive of VAT) to cover officer time, general advice, office costs and liaison with other Council officers, if required.

All payments must be made by debit or credit card before filming can take place. We will accommodate late applications where possible, but an additional hourly - rate charge will be applied.

Please note:

The Council requires production companies filming on-street to undertake a full site specific risk assessment in advance of all shoots, as any failure to do so may invalidate insurance cover.

If you have any questions, please contact the Filming and Special Events Office by telephone: 020 7341 5124 or 020 7341 5109, or email

Notifying the police

Once your application has been processed, notification will be sent to the Metropolitan Police Service Film Unit (MPSFU) - you are still required to inform them of your filming activity.

Contact details
Contact the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Film Officer: 

PC Steve Dixon (2730T) - Head of Metropolitan Police Service Film Unit