Filming in public is permitted unless the landowner in question requires permission to be obtained in advance. Where an event is being filmed then a licence or permit may be required where the organiser’s permission is needed.


There is a charge of £150 per day for any filming in the district for commercial purposes. An exception will be made for charities, students, schools and news interviews (permission to film will still be required). Please contact for more details and how to apply.

We will need a minimum of two weeks' notice to process your application.


The use of drones is becoming more popular with event organisers and in some respects is no different to any other method of filming. We have put together some guidelines.

Drones are regulated as unmanned aircraft by the Civil Aviation Authority and in certain circumstances permission is required. There is a comprehensive guide on the CAA website

In summary a person can fly a surveillance drone that weighs less than 20kg without permission as long as:

  • It is not flown over or within 150m of a congested area (defined as a city, town or settlement substantially used for residential, commercial, industrial or recreational purposed)
  • It is not flown over or within 150 metres of an organised open air assembly of more than 1000 persons
  • It is not flown within 50m of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not in control of the person in charge of the aircraft
  • It is not flown within 50m of any person or within 30m of any person during take-off or landing (person controlling the aircraft excepted)
  • The Information Commissioners Officer has advice on drone filming