FILMING AND PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE HORSHAM RURAL CITY COUNCIL REGION.
The Horsham Rural City Council Region is a film-friendly location while balancing the local amenity of residents and businesses.
The information on this page relates to commercial filming, including television, feature films, advertising and television commercials, documentaries and music videos.
All commercial filming activities are required to apply for permission for the use of public spaces. This ensures the activity is in accordance with the regulations of this Council. A list of our general terms and conditions is attached below.
We will respond to your application within five business days of receiving it. Please note that if we need to make complex arrangements for your filming activity it may take us more than five days to issue a permit.
To apply for authority to proceed, please complete the Event Notification Form (download here) and send it to the contact listed below.
The Horsham Rural City Council does not issue permits for filming and as such does not have a permit application or fee. Generally, fees do not apply for filming activities held within the Horsham Municipality. It is only when there is significant demand on Council resources would there a consideration for “cost recovery”. To date, there hasn’t been an instance where a fee has applied.
- Gloria McRae Tourism & Events Officer
- 03 53829706
- Postal Address P.O. Box 511, Horsham Vic 3402
DO YOU NEED APPROVAL FOLLOW IMPACT FILMING?
Most people conducting commercial filming must apply for authorisation to use public space. However, if your filming activities are minor and ‘low impact’ (see below), you won’t need to fill out the Event Notification Form – but you’ll still need to obtain our permission for low impact filming by contacting us on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0428 3576 220. To approve a low impact filming activity, we’ll require proof of your current public liability insurance and 7 business days’ notice.
- Low impact filming activities are defined by the following criteria:
- a filming activity of three 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
FILMING APPROVAL ACT 2014
In August 2014 the Victorian Government passed new legislation to standardise the process obtaining commercial filming permits on public land managed by local councils and state government agencies in Victoria.
The Filming Approval Act 2014, effective 1 March 2015, provides a framework for the approval of filming permits. It outlines eight film friendly principles and the guidelines for commercial filming on public land across the state.