Southampton is a film friendly city
Southampton is a film friendly city
Filming: BBC Trust Me I'm a Doctor
Filming: Franz Ferdinand photo shoot
Filming: BBC The One Show
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 Council, be part of the highway or privately owned. The Events 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.
In the first instance contact Southampton City Council's Events Team by email 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
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. The application form is available to download below. Complete the form and send it back to as an attachment.
Depending on the nature and size of the filming project, the Events Team 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.
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 in the application pack below and the Hampshire Film Guidelines and Code of Practice
Use of Drones
Anyone wanting to film using a drone must follow the dronecode to ensure that members of the public are protected and Drone operators must also respect the privacy of people on the ground. View the Code of Practice for UAV / Drone Filming
You can find details about the requirements to fly a drone commercially from the CAA >
View the google map below to see some areas that have been used as film locations.
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.
Film Hampshire is the official film office for the county and their role is to promote Hampshire as a great film location, as well as providing film makers with a valuable free location finding service. They have 400 locations listed on a database, covering everything from country houses to parks, forests and beaches. There is also an A-Z list of local film related companies on the Film Services web page.
Why film in Hampshire?
Located approximately 75 miles from London
400 film locations
Excellent transport links
Home of Black Hangar and Banshee Studios
Support of Film Hampshire for people filming in the area
Creative England’s 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