We are a film friendly authority in association with Creative England.

We have hosted filming for many productions including Casualty, Springwatch, Agatha Raisin, The Pale Horse, The Salisbury Poisonings, Chloe, Rain Dogs, McDonald and Dodds.

Why you should film in South Gloucestershire

South Gloucestershire has a fantastic range of town and country locations with historical settings from as early as the 13th century through to modern cutting edge sites.

One of our most popular locations is the road to nowhere in Yate which was built and then never used. This offers a chance to film on an empty stretch of dual carriageway so is a great location for filming road scenes.  This unique location comes with space for a unit base.

The area is easily accessed via the M4 and M5 from Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, London and Birmingham.

Apply for permission to film

Before you start filming you will need to request permission from us.

First read our code of practice for film makers.

You will also need to contact the police and the owners of the land and property locations you are interested in.

You can then download, complete and return the application to film form to us at film@southglos.gov.uk.

You must submit copies of your risk assessments with your application. If you do not have one, you can download and use this filming risk assessment template.

We require a minimum of 15 working days to process your application. It will help us to process your application quickly if you include all the information requested in the application form.

Filming on a road

If you wish to film on the public road you will need to have further permission from us. You must tell us this on your application form and include traffic management details. There will be an additional cost.

Filming with unmanned aerial vehicles

If you wish to film using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone, you must refer to our guidance for UAV and drones before completing the application form. We only allow UAV or drones to be used for commercial filming

Filming on a public right of way

If you wish to film on a public right of way you should refer to our guidance.

Fees and charges

Admin charges range from £62.20 to £89.30 depending on crew size. Additional site fees will apply depending on the location and film requirements.

You can use the contact details on this page to find out more.

We reserve the right to charge for site reinstatement if filming activities result in any damage that incurs additional costs.

Contact us:

For more information or advice on locations to film in South Gloucestershire you can email film@southglos.gov.uk or call us on 01454 865859.

To enquire about filming within neighbouring areas you can visit the Bristol film office and the Bath film office.

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