Moreton Bay Regional Council has many fantastic locations that may be used for film production or media promotions.
If you are considering undertaking a film production or media promotion on a Council controlled area you may need to submit a Public place activity - filming application for approval under Local Law No 1 (Administration) 2011.
Council regulates these activities to ensure they are carried out in a safe manner while taking surrounding residents and other park users into consideration.
You need to submit your application at least eight weeks before you want to start filming. Once all supporting documents have been provided, your application will be reviewed and assessed for approval under Local Law No 1 (Administration) 2011. Schedule 5(b).
Initial assessment of your application may take up to five business days. We may go out to consultation with key stakeholders.
It may take up to 30 business days from initial assessment to decision once all supporting documents have been provided.
When do I need a permit?
The following productions require a permit:
- feature and short films
- news media/multimedia
- media promotional activities
- outside broadcasting
- one off photoshoots*
- television and radio programs and commercials
- corporate/music videos
- student films
- remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) filming and photography.
The following film production and media promotions are exempt:
- private use
- live-to-air reporting
* Recurring commercial still photography will require Local Law approval under a Permitted business in a public place application. e.g. family portraits at a park every second Saturday.
Council cannot grant approval for productions on state and federal roads or reserves (this includes marine and national parks). Requests for filming must be processed and approved by the relevant authority.
What do I need to know?
Low-impact filming production requests
Low impact film production and media promotion means a film production or media promotion that generally lasts less than five consecutive days and does not involve:
- the assembly of temporary buildings or structures
- road closure
- traffic control measures to be implemented between the hours of 5:00 AM - 6:00 PM on a weekday
- operation between the hours of 6:00 PM - 7:00 AM Monday to Saturday, or at any time on a Sunday
- public holidays, where that film production or media promotion generates noise
- and is otherwise appropriate for classification as a low impact film production or media promotion in Council’s opinion.
High-impact filming production requests
High impact film production and media promotion means a film production or media promotion that is not a low impact film production or media promotion.
- Permits are issued for specified date/s and time/s and cannot be renewed
- A non-refundable application fee may apply. An invoice will be issued separately
- Special mowing or additional servicing of the area is not provided. Council maintains its parks and gardens on a routine maintenance schedule.
Parks are public places and a permit will not grant exclusive use of the park. However, obtaining a permit will ensure no other approvals will be issued at the specified location, date and time.