Warning
From the 1 December 2021 we have adopted the Institute of Licensing "Safe and Suitable" as the criminal record policy for the whole of the Dorset Council area, which has recently been out to consultation.

Location filming: COVID-19

Location TV and filming production activity in Dorset should be conducted in line with the latest advice provided by UK Government and the NHS.

It is recommended by Creative England and the British Film Commission (BFC) that productions continue to operate as they have been doing, applying industry COVID-19 guidance in line with the production’s own COVID-19 protocols and risk assessments. The BFC’s Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production guidance remains in place. Please visit Creative England for Covid-19 Production Guidance and links to industry guidance. 

 

Apply to film, drone film and photograph in Dorset

Apply for a filming permit in Dorset

If you are carrying out filming, drone filming or photography activity (for broadcast/public viewing) on Dorset Council owned land you will need a filming permit. Individual photographers taking stills for personal use do not need specific permission. If you are using pictures for commercial use you must complete the application form.

You will need to have:

  • £10 million public liability insurance
  • £10 million employer’s liability insurance
  • risk assessment

Charges

Filming fees may apply – please see our charges and payments page for more information.

Conditions

We ask that you:

  • apply for permissions in good time – please allow 1 working day for an initial response
  • abide by our filming code of conduct
  • consult and inform residents and businesses who may be disrupted and inconvenienced by your activities

Locations

Popular filming locations include:

  • Weymouth Beach and Esplanade
  • Weymouth Harbour
  • Lodmoor Country Park (various locations)
  • Chesil Beach Esplanade
  • West Bay Harbour
  • Lyme Regis Harbour and Cobb

Find out more about film locations on the Visit Dorset website.

All enquiries that relate to road closures should also refer to Dorset Highways - Events on the highway.

Timing and notice required

We will aim to process your application as quickly as possible however we would appreciate it if you are able to give us 10 working days’ notice.

If your filming request is time sensitive and filming is due to take place in the next 3 days, please contact us:

Commercial and procurement - filming in Dorset

Name: Kerry Carpenter
Email: filmdorset@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 224125
Full contact details

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