The Northern Beaches have some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and picturesque bushlands ideal for filming and photography.
Think lighthouses, rock platforms, rolling dunes, native bush and bomboras. From Palm Beach’s perfect white, endless sand which featured in Home and Away, to Manly's vibrant town centre, to Duffy’s Forests unspoilt native forest. The Northern Beaches has something to offer everyone.
Other popular film and photographic locations include Deep Creek Reserve, Bayview, Shelly Beach, Little Manly Point and Little Manly Beach, Forty Baskets Beach
Approval for filming
Anyone wishing to film must obtain approval from Council to film on any of Council's roads or land. Please complete a filming application with as many details and supporting documentation as possible and send the booking form to us.
Approval from Council for filming on privately owned land is not normally required. However, we recommend you contact us if you feel the filming may impact on the street or neighbours.
News crews do not need approval to film on Council land.
How to make an application
- Complete the Application form below.
- Send the booking form to firstname.lastname@example.org. All enquiries can be directed to 02 9942 2550
On receipt of the application form, we'll let you know your application has been received. Please feel free to contact us should you wish to know the status of your approval. Every effort will be made to send the approval documentation to you as soon as possible, ensure your application is submitted in amble time to process.
Once the application is approved you will be sent a rental contract, conditions of use and an invoice.
Fees and charges
The relevant adopted fees and charges will be applied to each request. Please note that applications received for a filming event that is scheduled 48 hours or less from the day of receipt may incur an additional processing fee.
Things to consider when filming on the Northern Beaches
If you are filming in one of our metered car parks, please contact us to pre-arrange parking permits. These will be charged at the relevant adopted fees and charges. Adherence to all on street parking time limits and restrictions is expected throughout the shoot.
Road closures or stopping traffic
Any requests to close roads or car parks or effect traffic must be accompanied by a Traffic Control Plan. This plan must be prepared by a Roads and Maritime Services authorised person. Filming on state or regional roads must be approved by the Transport Management Centre before you seek Council approval.
Use of drones
Flying drones is becoming more popular for recreation and business, however did you know that there are rules and regulations that you need to abide by?
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is the governing body for drone and model aircraft use in Australia. If you are looking to fly a drone you should be familiar with and abide by the CASA - Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 101
Complaints surrounding the use of drones in your area or on Council Land, can be reported to CASA
Events which involve the use of drones on Council owned or managed land will require a booking. Bookings can be made via the Reserves Bookings team on 9942 2640 or email email@example.com
Filming and Photography Application Form
This application is to be used for filming on Council managed open space such as sports grounds, beaches, parks, footpaths and roads.
Wearable Cameras & Other Camera Devices - Request Application
Northern Beaches Council operates wearable cameras and other devices (such as dashboard cameras) for the purpose of evidence collection for breaches of legislation, to improve community safety and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Council officers and assets. The footage obtained will only be disclosed to authorised persons or bodies who have a legitimate and lawful right to access the information recorded.