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Permits and Approvals

We pride ourselves on being a film friendly city. Free support and advice on filming within the city is available through the City of Gold Coast (City).

Filming process

Please contact us if you are planning to film on the Gold Coast. Before filming, you need to apply for a film production licence by following these steps:

  1. Who owns the land you intend to film on?
    • Privately owned land: Contact owner directly and inform City of Gold Coast of the scope of activity. An experienced location manager can assist with this. The City Licensing and Approvals section will advise of any planning requirements.
    • City of Gold Coast controlled land: Inform the City (by contacting our Film Industry Officer) of filming intent. The City’s Licensing and Approvals section will facilitate all approvals required within City of Gold Coast.
    • State Government controlled land: Inform the City (by contacting our Film Industry Officer). The City’s Licensing and Approvals section will then advise of contacts in relevant government departments you may need to advise before filming.
  2. Submit application for a film production licence to the City’s Licensing and Approvals section. Include dates, locations, crew size, parking requirements, stunts and public liability insurance cover sheet.
  3. When the shoot is approved, the City’s Licensing and Approvals section will issue the film production licence.
  4. During filming, contact the City’s Licensing and Approvals Branch in advance to advise of any formerly agreed details that have changed regarding location, times, crew size, vehicle presence and nature of filming

Road closures

If you require a road to be closed or part thereof, the City’s Licensing and Approvals Branch can assist with facilitating this process with the relevant traffic and policing authorities.

Special effects

If you intend on using special effects such as pyrotechnic explosions, contact our Film Industry Officer, who will be able to provide advice on approvals required from The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines, the Queensland Police, Emergency Services and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.

Engaging a local line producer

For international productions, it is recommended a local Gold Coast line producer be engaged as they are aware of the requirements to film on the Gold Coast and also are required to have the relevant insurances.The line producer will assist with:

  • obtaining the appropriate VISAs to work in Australia
  • finding the best locations to shoot on the Gold Coast, as well as providing advice on the distance between different locations
  • sourcing local cast and crew and providing advice on wages and overtime costs
  • ensuring the appropriate permits are in place
  • ensuring Australian Workplace Health and Safety requirements are met
  • providing local knowledge on flights, ground travel, accommodation, restaurants and entertainment
  • providing an accurate budget so your production runs smoothly.

Please speak with our Film Industry Officer, who can assist with providing contact details for local Gold Coast line producers.

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