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Filming approval in Knox

Knox welcomes the chance to be used as a commercial filming location by both individuals and large production companies.

Each request is viewed on a case-by-case basis. We must consider the effect on everyday life for our businesses and residents.

Filming Approval Act 2014

The Filming Approval Act 2014 regulates commercial filming permits. We use this as a guide for the approval of filming requests.

The Act outlines eight film-friendly principles and guidelines for commercial filming.

Commercial filming

Anyone planning commercial filming activities must apply for a permit. Commercial filming includes:

  • filming for television
  • feature films
  • advertising and television commercials
  • documentaries
  • music videos

According to the Filming Approval Act 2014, commercial filming means 'recording images by film, video, digital or other technology to broadcast or publicly exhibit for commercial purposes, but does not include photography'.

If your filming activity falls outside of the low impact filming (eg more than 6 people, more than one camera), please submit your request for high impact filming via link below.

There are two categories of commercial filming:

  • low impact filming
  • high impact filming.

Low impact filming

Low impact filming activities include:

  • a filming activity of six people or less (includes all production crew and talent)
  • no more than one camera, one tripod, and handheld sound recording equipment
  • public safety is maintained at all times and all public pathways, footpaths and roads must not be blocked.

If your filming activities are low impact, you don’t need to fill out the application for a permit – but you still need to email us at events@knox.vic.gov.au

To approve a low impact filming activity, we need 14 days notice and proof of your current public liability insurance.

High impact filming

You can submit your request for high impact filming.

Lodge a high-impact filming request

Filming with a drone

We are not responsible for providing permission for the use of drones, but we recommend reading the information provided by Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

It is always important to comply with the relevant CASA requirements and be mindful of respecting personal privacy.

Photographing or filming a person without consent may breach Victorian State legislation.

Need help?

Email events@knox.vic.gov.au and we will get back to you.

Or call our Events team on 9298 8000.

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