Media production

With wide streets, colourful alleyways, diverse architecture and pristine Park Lands, it's no wonder Adelaide is a popular choice for media productions.

Film companies, commercial photographers, educational institutions, film studios, television stations, and the general public are welcome to use Adelaide’s city streets and Park Lands for media production. Before doing so, you may need to apply for a media production permit.

Do I need a media production permit?

The term “media production” refers to commercial filming and photography.

You will need to apply for a media production permit if you are:

  • a commercial business or media production company
  • a not-for-profit organisation
  • a student of a media-related topic/course.

You will also need a permit if you want to:

  • use the city streets, footpaths, Park Lands or Rundle Mall
  • close or have exclusive use of public areas such as the Adelaide Park Lands, malls, roadways and footpaths
  • use freestanding equipment such as lighting, generators, dolly tracks and tripods in public areas that could impede public use 
  • have cables on the ground in a public area.

Things to consider when applying

Risk management plan

The activity, location or subject matter you wish to film, or photograph may involve risks (including setup and dismantling). For example, doing stunts, blocking paths, or using electrical equipment.

As part of the application approval process, the City of Adelaide must ensure the safety of both the applicants and the general public has been considered and that all risks have been identified.

All permit applicants must prepare a risk management plan which identifies any risks involved in the proposed activity and how they will be handled. These risks may affect whether approval is granted or rejected.

Road Closures and on-street parking spaces

If you want to close a road, street or lane you will need to get the appropriate permission first.

Fees may apply, so please ensure you fully disclose exactly what it is you’d like to do on your application. Alternatively, you may wish to use our Temporary Parking Controls to reserve spaces for your essential production vehicles. Feel free to contact us to discuss your needs or see our parking controls page for more information.

Conditions

The Media Production Guidelines detail the rules for media production permits. Terms and conditions apply to all permits. 

We recommend you read these conditions thoroughly before applying. Other conditions may apply depending on the nature of your activity.

Costs

Fees are based on space occupied per day, and if you will need an exclusion zone.

Exclusion zones are where footpaths or roads are closed to members of the public during filming. This usually requires the traffic management of pedestrians or vehicle traffic.

Further fees may apply for items such as:

  • closing a road
  • taking out parking spaces
  • utilising infrastructure (such as water-filled barriers, setting up marquees).

Use our fee calculator to estimate your fees before applying.

Media Production

Fee calculator

Ready to apply?

Before submitting your application, please ensure your proposed activity is compliant with the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Please note, all media production permit applications must be submitted a minimum of five business days prior to the intended start date of your activity.

Before you start, please have the following handy as you will need to submit:

  • a description of the activity
  • your proposed location(s)
  • a plan showing the setup of any infrastructure (if applicable)
  • a risk management plan
  • contact details for the on-site representative.

You may also need to supply the following items where applicable:

  • a Certificate of Currency of your Public Liability Insurance noting City of Adelaide as an interested party (generally requires a minimum cover of $20 million)
  • a separate application for a Temporary Parking Control (TPC) which has its own permit fee.

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How we can help you

The City of Adelaide is keen to work with filmmakers and commercial photographers. We own a number of buildings and businesses throughout the city and North Adelaide that may be suitable for your project. They include (but are not limited to):

Other resources

If the City of Adelaide is the base for your stay while you film around South Australia, you may need to contact other councils for media production and associated permits. 

Use the Local Government Association map to help you in secure  your location. Simply click on the area you are interested in filming to show which Council has jurisdiction over that area and their contact details. You can then contact that Council for permission to film or photograph in their precinct.

Need more information?

If you have any questions about media production permits or would like to give us feedback about your experience, please contact us:

8203 7203