Film permit applications
To film in most public locations in the Wellington Region, you need a permit - no matter how small your crew is or if you are a student
COVID-19 Alert Level 2 update
The Wellington Region is currently at Alert Level 2. Film permits can be issued during Alert Levels 1, 2 and 3 as per the Screensafe Alert Level guidelines (PDF 278KB).
All projects need to register their production with ScreenSafe first. Film permits for the Wellington region will not be granted without this registration and the usual Health and Safety and Risk Assessment plans signed off by the Screen Wellington team. You still need to have Public Liability Insurance as well.
Health and Safety Plan and Risk Assessment templates are available on the ScreenSafe website. Your plans must cover off COVID Level protocols (PDF 2MB) including ensuring a COVID QR code poster is printed for each location.
- For advice about filming in Level 2 see the ScreenSafe Level 2 COVID-19 guidelines (PDF 228KB)
- ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Standard and Protocols
- New Zealand Government COVID-19 Alert Level 2 advice
Apply for a permit
Screen Wellington issues and facilitates film permits on behalf of all councils in the Wellington region. This includes Wellington City, Porirua, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, Kāpiti and the Wairarapa.
As soon as you know where and when you want to ﬁlm, log in to FilmApp and apply:
Public Liability Insurance
To get permission to film in public spaces, all productions (international and domestic) need to show proof of Public Liability Insurance. This insurance covers the legal responsibilities of your production if your activities cause injury to a third party or damage to property.
If you're a student your school or university will generally have public liability insurance that covers you and your production. You'll need to provide a copy of their certificate for your permit.
Find out more
For permitting or general questions, email us at [email protected] and we will work with you to make your project possible.