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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


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

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