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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice.

Apply for a filming permit in North Dorset, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland

Location filming: COVID-19

Location TV and filming production activity in Dorset during this current climate should be conducted in line with the latest advice provided by UK Government and the NHS. There is no restriction or any form of official permission required for small news crews where the only equipment is handheld cameras and where filming will not cause an obstruction. However, in the interests of transparency and consideration for others we ask that you clearly display your organisation’s identity badge or a press card.

Apply for a filming permit

If you are carrying out commercial filming or photography activity (for broadcast/public viewing) in the North Dorset, West Dorset or Weymouth and Portland area, you will need a filming permit. Apply for a permit online.

  • £10 million public liability insurance

  • £10 million employer’s liability insurance

  • risk assessment



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


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


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

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:

Communication Team - for the North Dorset, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland area

Tel: 01305 251010
Full contact details for Communication Team - for the North Dorset, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland area

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