Planning your Shoot

If you’re in the planning stages of filming, then, in line with our Filmmakers’ Code of Practice, it is essential that you contact local Police Stations, Residents’ Associations, Ward Councillors and Community groups if they are likely to be affected by your production.

However, if in doubt, always feel free to phone our office; we’ll do our best to ferret out the information for you. Successful filming relies upon local residents and businesses receiving at least one week’s notice.

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Parking in Cardiff

Parking in Cardiff

Information on Park and Ride sites, multi-storey car parks, on-street parking, disabled bays, motorcycle bays and coach parking.

Traffic Managment

In order to film on the highway, a production company / film maker must supply a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) consisting of a method statement, risk assessment and map of proposed work including operatives/signage positions.

Colleagues in City of Cardiff Council Highways Department assess whether this is feasible depending on the location and plan provided. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that TM companies are accredited to relevant standards. Cardiff Film Office can provide details of Traffic Management Companies if required.

Film Permit Fees

    *Cardiff Film Office Schedule of Charges 2018/19 (effective from 1st April 2018)

Street Filming & Filming on or in Council-owned locations (Parks, Iconic Buildings – Cardiff Castle, City Hall, etc.)

Film Permit fees apply to all commercial applications regardless of possible additional location fees where applicable. All amounts quoted are exclusive of VAT. Due to the work involved across a number of  Cardiff Council departments, applications received from Wales based companies outside of the required  7 day notice period will be charged at full rate. Film/network tv/commercials, etc submitted outside of the required  7 day notice period may incur a 50% surcharge.  A cancellation fee of 50% of the total sum owed is payable (one a permit is issued) if more than 48hrs notice is provided before the shoot start time. If less 48hrs notice is given in writing the full sum is payable. For a copy of the Film Office Cancellation and Refund Policy document please contact the office.

One-off charge per permit (non-refundable). Film permit fees cover all filming per scheduled filming day.

Type Film Permit Charge
Local Production Companies £150 + VAT
National/Regional Productions £250 + VAT
Charity Commissioned projects may be subject to fee (contact CFO for more details)
Student No fee

Other Charges

Use of DRONES: Filming with a drone/UAV on council land will require special permission and will incur an additional charge of £250 per day. Please note that, in line with the guidance on flying drones set out by the Civil Aviation Authority, the use of drones is prohibited at many Cardiff locations to non-professionals.