Filming in Cardiff

If you are interested in filming in Cardiff, you can submit an online application

When you submit your application, you must also upload:

  • a Risk Assessment, and
  • Public Liability Insurance (no less than £5 million)

Film permit fees

You will need a filming permit for all commercial filming in a street or council owned space. You should give seven days’ notice before filming begins.

Cardiff Council owned land includes:

  • Coed Y Gores in Llanedeyrn,
  • Hollybush Estate in Whitchurch,
  • Lydstep Flats in Gabalfa,
  • Loudoun House in Butetown, and
  • Channel View in Grangetown.
Permit typeFee
Local production company£150 + VAT
National and regional productions£250 + VAT
CharityCommissioned projects may be subject to fee. Please contact the office.
StudentNo fee

If you give less than 48 hours’ notice for cancellation, you will be charged the full rate.

If you give more than 48 hours’ notice for cancellation, you will be charged 50% of the full rate once you have received your permit.

Please see our Cancellation Policy.

Drone permits

We can only grant drone permits to commercial drone operators.

To fly a drone on Cardiff Council land, please apply for a film permit and tick the aerial filming or drone box.
There is an additional charge of £250, and you must give at least one week’s notice.

Before applying for a permit, you will need:

  • drone operator’s Civil Aviation Authority certificate
  • drone insurance,
  • Public Liability Insurance, and
  • a detailed risk assessment with maps that clearly show take-off, flight path, and landing.

We will not consider incomplete applications.

We will only consider last minute drone applications if you have submitted the correct paperwork. This will cost £500.

This also applies to Cardiff based companies, who will be charged £250 for last minute drone applications.

Student information

If you are a student planning to film in Cardiff, you must have:

  • A filming permit
  • Public Liability Insurance from your college or university and,
  • A risk assessment

You will not be allowed to:

  • Film on location for more than three days
  • Use a drone to film