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Filming in Hobsons Bay

Hobsons Bay City Council has many sites available for filming and photography.

Filming and Photography in the City of Hobsons Bay

2017-18 Filming Guidelines for Hobsons Bay(PDF, 31KB)

Hobsons Bay offers a variety of locations suitable for filming including heritage streetscapes, coastal landscapes, park lands and industrial landscapes. Permission is required for all filming on Council land.

Our Filming Policy and Guidelines have recently been updated to include a low impact category. Applicants should read the Filming Guidelines for Hobsons Bay for details of the application process and for advice on low impact filming, filming fees and terms and conditions.

Film crews should contact Council’s Events Unit directly regarding the intention to film, no later than five business days prior to filming. If your filming is taking place on private land, but you need to park on public roads, you should contact the Events Unit to discuss your proposal.

A Guide to Filming in Hobsons Bay has been produced in partnership with Film Victoria as a resource for filmmakers seeking permits or approvals to film on public land.

Commercial photographers should apply for a permit through the filming application form or, if applicable, a low impact filming request form can be used.

Filming Fees

A standard fee is applied for filming in the municipality limited to those areas under Council's jurisdiction. A lower fee applies to commercial stills photography and no fees are charged for student films. There is an initial establishing charge for the first and second days of filming for commercial or high impact projects. A daily rate applies for any subsequent days.

Please refer to the filming guidelines(PDF, 31KB) for more information.

Low Impact Filming

If your filming activities fall within the Low Impact Filming Criteria (detailed below), you can complete a Low Impact Filming Request form. The low impact filming criteria is as follows:

  • the filming activity involves eight people or less on-site (inclusive of all production crew and talent)
  • you have no more than one camera and one tripod and handheld sound recording equipment. No lighting, camera tracking devices, vehicles, large props or generators are permitted
  • your activities do not adversely disrupt stakeholders (traders, residents and businesses) or motorists
  • all public pathways/footpaths/cycling paths and roads must not be blocked - a minimum of 1.8 metres is required on footpaths at all times
  • you have consent from those directly affected

You must provide notification of low impact filming two (2) business days prior to the proposed filming activity. If you do not meet this criteria, you must complete the Filming Application Form.  

Forms and Other Resources

How to apply:

 Filming Guidelines for Hobsons Bay(PDF, 31KB)

Filming Application Form 2017-1(DOCX, 198KB)8(DOCX, 198KB)

Low Impact Filming Request(DOCX, 71KB)


Other resources:

A Guide to Filming in the City of Hobsons Bay(PDF, 1MB)

Filming Policy(PDF, 82KB)

Film Industry Code of Conduct(PDF, 2MB)

Film Victoria


Click here to email the Filming Unit who look after filming permit applications or call them on 9932 1000.

Contact Us

Use this form to request further information on filming in Hobsons Bay.