Filming in the Blue Mountains is a recognised and valued activity in the area.

When we are determining whether to grant approval for filming activities, we consider a number of things including parking, traffic regulation and how council-managed land will be used.  We also consider how it could potentially impact upon the community, environment, as well as cultural and heritage protection and economic development.

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Approval Process

Approval Process

You will need to apply for a permit to film or take photo shoots in the Blue Mountains. 

Applications take a minimum of 7-10 working days to process. Where an application requires an environmental or traffic assessment, the application may take longer to process. Download the application form and a guide below.

The application will need to include:

  • Address and details of the film / photo shoot location.
  • Dates and times for proposed preparation and filming of scenes, as well as the size of the production unit (via the number of personnel involved and number and dispersal of production vehicles)
  • Details of current public liability insurance cover.

The form is listed below. Fees vary depending on the category and will be assessed on application.  A fee for the recovery of costs associated with inspections and/or traffic assessment may also apply.

A quote can be provided on request if required.


The council shall be absolved from all and any liability which may result in respect of claims for damage to persons or property, as a result of filming or photo shoot operations.

Details of both property and public risk insurance are to be provided (to the value of $20 million) by attaching a current Certificate of Currency for Public Liability Insurance with the application. A completed Statement of Liability Form should also be lodged at the same time.


If for any reason you need to reschedule or extend the filming date, please let as now as soon as possible.


A cancellation fee may be applied if your application is cancelled within 7 days of booking.


  • In the event of any person being injured as result of your activities Council will no way be held responsible. When you return this application please provide a copy of your Public Liability Cover Certificate of Currency ($20 million dollars) and completed Statement of Liability Form.
  • That care is taken to avoid any damage occurring to the natural environment as a result of your activities.
  • That the site is left in a clean and tidy condition following use of the site.
  • The organisation will be held responsible for any damage to the site as a result of the activity in reference and will pay compensation for any damage or cleaning resulting from the proposed activity.
  • That access is not restricted for visitors or emergency vehicles as a result of your activity, however it is acknowledged that the public will be restricted from accessing your "work site area" and that all necessary crowd control measures are in place.
  • The vehicles associated with your activity do not restrict more than 25% of available car parking space.
  • If filming will be conducted on Council road reserves then:
    • Adequate traffic control mechanisms are enforced, including trained traffic controllers.
    • The local Police be notified of your activities.
  • Permission extends to land under the care and control of Blue Mountains City Council. Activities in the National Park require authorisation from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
  • The use of planes or helicopters should be in accordance with the Fly Neighbourly Policy and follow all necessary safety procedures required. Planes or helicopters can only be landed in locations specifically approved for such use under Council's zoning conditions.
  • Full details of any constructions required must be attached to this application and could be subject to the lodging of a Development Application to Council. You will be advised in writing if Development consent is applicable.
  • Blue Mountains City Council is to be acknowledged in all feature film credits.