Filming and Photography

Hume City is a film-friendly location while balancing the local amenity of residents and businesses.

All commercial filming activities are required to apply for a permit for the use of a public space. This ensures the activity is in accordance with the regulations of Council.

Commercial filming includes television, feature films, advertising and television commercials, documentaries and music videos.

Filming Permit Application

To apply for a permit, please complete the application form(PDF, 187KB) and send it to

We will respond to your application within five business days of receiving it. Please note that if we need to make complex arrangements for your filming activity it may take us more than five days to issue a permit.

Low Impact Filming

If your filming activities are minor and ‘low impact’ (see below), you won’t need to fill out a permit application.

You will still need to contact us and obtain our permission for any low impact filming on public land.

To approve a low impact filming activity, we require proof of your current public liability insurance and 10 business days’ notice.

Low impact filming is defined as:

  • a filming activity of six people or less (includes all production crew and talent)
  • no more than one camera, one tripod, and handheld sound recording equipment
  • public safety is maintained at all times and all public pathways, footpaths and roads must not be blocked.

Filming Approval Act 2014

In August 2014 the Victorian Government passed new legislation to standardise the process for obtaining commercial filming permits on public land managed by local councils and state government agencies in Victoria.

The Filming Approval Act 2014, effective 1 March 2015, provides a framework for the approval of filming permits. It outlines eight film friendly principles and the guidelines for commercial filming on public land across the state.

Please refer to the Film Victoria website for further information.

More information

For a copy of the Victorian Film Friendly Guidelines and other resources on filming in Victoria, please refer to Film Victoria's Film in Victoria webpage