Southampton is a film friendly city
Southampton City Council is keen to encourage film and television companies to film in the city and will provide help and assistance where possible.
Some Southampton locations that you are interested in using may belong to the City Council, be part of the highway or privately owned. The council’s Event Management Team can advise on possible suitable locations, liaise with other Council departments on your behalf and pass on contacts of some private locations to assist in the smooth organisation of your shoot.
View the google map showing some popular locations used to film general views of the city.
In the first instance contact Southampton City Council's Event Management by email firstname.lastname@example.org
The team can advise you regarding suitable locations if you haven't already got some in mind and also inform you of any other filming projects or major events taking place in the city on your proposed dates.
If your filming enquiry is a "news"item, please contact the Council's Communications Team by email email@example.com
Southampton City Council has a duty of care towards its residents and businesses and insists that an application form is completed and submitted well in advance of the start of shooting. This allows the council to ensure that appropriate measures have been put in place for filming to run safely, that all relevant documentation has been submitted and that effective liaison with all stakeholders has taken place. You will need to complete and submit the application form with the summary of the film project, proposed date/s of filming, proposed location/s, number of crew and equipment etc. Complete the form and send it back to Event Management at firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment. Download the Film Application Form.
Depending on the nature and size of the filming project, Event Management will liaise on your behalf with relevant members of Southampton’s Safety Advisory Group - which include representatives from Southampton City Council and Hampshire Constabulary who may impose additional conditions to ensure that the proposed shoot is safe and carried out with the minimum of inconvenience.
Other Documentation Required
Before a filming permit is issued, you are also required to submit a copy of your Public Liability Insurance cover and a specific risk assessment for the film project to include a *COVID-19 risk assessment to ensure your filming is COVID safe and adheres to current government guidelines.
*Important note. Following recent increases in national infection rates and changes to legislation and guidance from Government, all filming applications in the city will be under review in line with Government guidance as it is issued.
A fee will be charged for filming permissions in Southampton (minimum of £75+ VAT) this includes permission to film on the public highway or filming general views (GV's) of the city.
There may be additional charges for the use of council premises (e.g SeaCity Museum, Tudor House ) or land and recovery fees of staff time.
Due to the variable nature of filming requests the council does not operate a set tariff of film charges as no two film projects are the same and so every production charge will be calculated on an individual basis. All charges will be discussed with you at the point of application along with any other recovery costs e.g. hire of a venue/premises, possible road closures or suspension of parking bays etc.
Please take time to read the general terms and conditions for filming in the city and the Hampshire Film Guidelines and Code of Practice.
Use of Drones
Anyone wanting to film using a drone must follow the drone code to ensure that members of the public are protected and Drone operators must also respect the privacy of people on the ground.
You can find details about the requirements to fly a drone commercially from the CAA.
View the Drone Code (CAA website link)
Do you need to apply for a Temporary Road Closure?
A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is used to temporarily restrict the movement of traffic or impose waiting restrictions on the public highway. In order to allow sufficient time for the legal process to be completed, Balfour Beatty require 8 weeks advanced notice to arrange a TTRO.
Apply for a Temporary road closure.
Film Hampshire and Hampshire County Council works in conjunction with the district councils in Hampshire for: Basingstoke, East Hampshire, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Hart, Havant, Isle of Wight, New Forest, Portsmouth, Rushmoor, Southampton, Test Valley, Winchester and Tourism South East.
Why film in Hampshire?
Creative England’s Filming In England Production Services team provide a free film office service to productions filming in England, outside London, to create investment, jobs and profile. Working in partnership with the British Film Commission to promote England internationally, Creative England is the one-stop shop for locations, studios, facilities and crew.
From people to places, the production team can help you find and access the industry's finest, liaising with local authorities, film offices, regional and national partners to gain filming permissions and facilitate a smooth shoot.
Handling around 1,000 enquiries a year, they have recently supported TV and feature film drama, including Fox Pictures’ The Monuments Men, Warner Bros.’ Jupiter Ascending, and DNA Films’ Far from the Madding Crowd, Hartswood Films’ Sherlock, Origin Pictures’ Jamaica Inn and Mr Selfridge for ITV Studios.
The regionally-based, national team will help you conduct a more extensive search and provide a bespoke service, managing your enquiry and ensuring you are speaking to the right person - for filming in the South East contact: Production Liaison and Partnerships Manager (South), Creative England. Telephone 07711 374116 / Email email@example.com / Create England Website
Film Expo South
Film Expo South enables regional film makers to network and forge new relationships, and hear from industry experts who are happy to share their insight, experience and expertise.
The team also run The Hampshire Film Office which highlights the talent, the skilled crew and the many professional business services and facilities that Hampshire has to offer the Film and TV Industry seeking to film the South. Contact the team for more information and advice for filming in Hampshire on 0844 272 0016 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com / Hampshire Film Office Website