Media production

With its wide streets and colourful alleyways, diverse range of modern, cultural and heritage architecture, all surrounded by pristine Park Lands, its no wonder that Adelaide is a popular choice for media production.

The City of Adelaide welcomes film companies, commercial photographers, educational institutions, film studios, television stations, and the general public to use Adelaide’s city streets and Park Lands for media production. To do so, you may need a media production permit.

Do I need a media production permit?

The term “Media Production” refers to and includes 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.

In addition, you’ll 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 the public space that could impede public use of the area. 
  • 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 an element of risk (including the setup and dismantling). Examples include: doing stunts, blocking paths, or having electrical equipment.

As part of their application approval process, the City of Adelaide needs to ensure that the safety of everyone, including the general public, is considered and that all risks have been identified.

We, therefore, require all permit applicants to identify any risks involved in the proposed activity and how they will be counter measured. These risks may affect whether approval is granted or rejected.

Road Closures and on-street parking spaces

Should you wish to close a road, street or lane you will need to obtain the appropriate permission first.

Fees may apply, so please ensure that 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 requirements or visit our parking controls page to apply.

Apply for a media production permit

Please note, we require a minimum of five business days’ notice in order to process a request for a media production permit.

Terms and conditions apply to all permit holders. City of Adelaide recommends that you read these conditions thoroughly as they are enforceable. We may also apply other conditions pursuant to the nature of the activity.

Fees apply for the permit. See our fees and charges document for details (2018/19).

Please note: there is no permit fee for students on production of their student ID or not-for-profit organisations.

Further fees may apply for items such as:

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

Public Liability Insurance with the City of Adelaide noted as an interested party will need to be provided with your application. Please refer to the application form for the level of cover required for your activity.

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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

At City of Adelaide we realise that we don’t have beaches or mountains within our precinct and that we may be the base for your stay while you film further afield.

Use the map on the Local Government Association website to aid you in securing your location. Simply click on the area you are interested in filming to show which Council has jurisdiction over that area and list contact details. Contact that Council for permission to film/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 the customer centre:

08 8203 7203

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