Introduction to Filming and Photography

Frankston, with its sweeping bay views, attractive foreshore, parks and gardens, is an ideal place to film.

Frankston Foreshore has been crowned Victoria's Cleanest Beach at the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Sustainable Cities and Clean Beaches Awards.

The city hosts many community events and festivals, including the Ironman Asia-Pacific Triathlon, Christmas Festival of Lights and Frankston Waterfront Festival, welcoming over 460,000 people to the city from local to Melbourne and beyond.

Frankston City processes many requests to film and photograph each year and is committed to promoting the City through this avenue.

In order to ensure that filming/photography is carried out in a safe manner and that parks, gardens, etc are not already booked, it is required that companies/individuals apply to Council for permission to carry out their activities.

Most people conducting commercial filming must apply for a permit to use public space.  However, if your filming activities are minor and ‘low impact’ (see below), you won’t need to fill out the application for a permit – but you’ll still need to obtain our permission for low impact filming.  To approve a low impact filming activity, we’ll require proof of your current public liability insurance and 7 business days’ notice.

Low Impact Filming

Low impact filming activities are defined by these criteria –

  • A filming activity of six people or less (includes al 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.
  • no disruption is caused to the city's stakeholders (traders, residents and businesses) or motorists or other events in the vicinity of the activities;
  • filming equipment must not be hard up against any street furniture, infrastructure or assets (including trees, shrubbery and garden beds)
  • no vehicle access is permitted in parks and gardens or past any street bollards without a permit;

For Other Filming Requests

Before you begin your online application, you will need to ensure that you have:

  • full details of the location and estimated time of the proposed filming ;
  • full contact details of all involved;
  • details of any pedestrian management, safety or traffic management plans
  • site plans
  • resident/trader notifications;
  • a copy of public liability insurance for the filming activity.

Submission of an application form does not constitute approval for filming. Internal stakeholders will then consider your application and you will be contacted with details of further information required to complete your application. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions in regard to this process or generic event assistance and advice, please contact the Major Event unit at Frankston City Council.

Major Events
Frankston City Council
PO Box 490
Frankston 3199
P. 1300 322 322

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