Filming and Photography

Filming and photography in Indigo Shire

The following information relates to commercial filming, including television, feature films, advertising and television commercials, documentaries and music videos. 

Filming and Photography

Filming that takes place on Council land requires a filming and photography permit from Indigo Shire. However, if the filming activities are low impact*, you won’t need to fill out the application for a permit — but you’ll still need to obtain our permission. To approve a low impact filming activity, we’ll require proof of your current public liability insurance and a minimum of five business days’ notice.

Filming on private property does not require a permit from Council- however, related activities such as vehicle parking in adjacent streets or equipment placement on nearby public land may require approval from council. Contact us to determine whether formal approval is needed for your filming on private land.

If your filming and photography requires the closure or slowing/altering of traffic on a VicRoads arterial road or street, you will require a permit from VicRoads. See Holding an Event for more information.

To apply for a filming and photography permit or obtain permissions from Council please complete the filming application form and send it to

We will respond to your application within five business days of receiving it. Please note that if we need to make complex arrangements for your filming activity it may take more than five days to issue a permit.

For more information on filming in Indigo Shire, contact Council’s Tourism Development Officer (Industry & Events).

Hire of a Municipal Reserve

In addition, if you are using a public space for your commercial filming and photography, you will need a permit for the use of a municipal reserve in Indigo Shire. Excluded from this is low impact filming* which doesn’t require a permit for the use of a municipal reserve.

To apply to use a municipal reserve please complete the municipal reserve permit form and send to       

* Low impact filming activities are defined by these criteria:

  • a filming activity of six people or less (includes all 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.
Last updated: 12 February 2018