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Filming Requests

We make filming happen quickly and efficiently thanks to our easy-to-use application service. We also fully understand the pressures and requirements of each production, and are committed to the belief that the best way to enable filming is to ensure it does not place unreasonable demands on the locale in which it happens.


North Somerset is a film friendly authority which has been the backdrop for many amazing productions.

With a huge coastline, countryside, quaint villages and large urban towns there is something to suit most location managers.

Being close to the M4 and M5 and excellent links to London, Bristol, Bath and Cardiff North Somerset is an idea location to base your next film production.


Why North Somerset?

North Somerset film office is here to help guide you through the process of filming in our region.

North Somerset has been the backdrop to many exciting productions such as ‘Broadchurch’, BBC’s ‘Sanditon’, ‘The Trial of Christine Keeler’, Sky One ‘The Cafe’, BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ and UKTV Golds ‘Sandylands’ and many more.

With excellent local knowledge North Somerset Film Office can support you with finding locations and liaising with all the different council departments to make your filming experience as easy as possible.

Film Office and Charges

The Film Office manages filming enquiries on all land and properties managed by North Somerset Council, through a film permit process. This includes filming in the following areas:

  • Highways and streets
  • Pedestrianised spaces
  • Parks and open spaces
  • Municipal buildings
  • Cemeteries
  • Libraries
  • Car parks


North Somerset Film Office charges fees for the use of council land and property for filming purposes. We review our charges annually.

There is an admin fee of £50 for each permit issued (except for students).

There is an extra late notice fee of £100 for permits required with less than 72 hours’ notice. You can find full charges list here Filming Fees 2020 NSC


Other services and information

Code of Conduct

The North Somerset Film Office asks all productions to adhere to a code of conduct, in order to minimise disruption and ensure the safety of residents, the general public and crew. Visit NSC Film Office Code of Practice for more information.

Drone Filming

Pilots wishing to launch a drone from a Council managed highway, pedestrian area, park or open space must obtain permission from the North Somerset Film Office, prior to take off. Detailed guidelines on drone filming are available here.  Please note, these guidelines apply to amateur as well as commercial drone pilots. Please contact us if you are a pilot or production company with a query regarding drone filming. If you’re ready to apply for permission for drone filming, please do so via our online filming permit software.

Road Closures

If your filming requires any road closures please follow this link.


If you require any help with parking please click here.

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