City of Sydney Filming Waivers extended to 31 March 2021

Tuesday 29 September: The update below is from Simon Marshall, Manager – Events and Film Liaison, Venue Management, City of Sydney.


I am pleased to confirm that as part of an extensive relief package the City of Sydney has put together in support of a number of business sectors and programs in response to effects of Covid-19 restrictions, we have extended the current waiver of filming related fees until 31st March 2021.

This waiver covers all filming related fees which are normally chargeable for activities on City of Sydney owned or controlled land and is an extension of the fee waiver first adopted on 23rd March 2020.

The City of Sydney recognises that creative industries such as the film industry have been greatly affected due to the complexities of the pandemic and hopes that the waiving of such fees can assist with ever reducing budgets and potential increase in on-going production costs.

The City of Sydney has itself been heavily affected by the previous and ongoing changes to its normal operations. As such I remind and request all Productions to please ensure that all pre-requisites are adhered to for any applications being submitted to the City. This includes the importance of upholding the essential minimum deadlines with fully completed and confirmed details submitted at least 5 working days prior to the first day of shooting (or barricading if included) for non-road closure based activities .

We are unfortunately not able to consider or approve any late applications or applications with incomplete information on submission or later material changes inside these lead times.

The recent events have changed the requirements of many industries and activities across the City and sufficient information and lead times are essential for us to manage not only the general workloads but also try and ensure sufficient conflict checks across multiple parties can be completed, so filming can occur unhindered.

We hope that the waiving of filming related fees within the City of Sydney can allow for Tech Recce’s’ to be completed prior to applications being submitted, so all details can be confirmed at the time of application.

There has been an unfortunate increase in late or incomplete applications over the past few months and some occassions of activities being in breach of approved details and conditions.

We need to ensure that filming within the City of Sydney can be sustainable for all parties involved so we kindly remind all Productions and filming professionals to ensure that all applications and activities are in line with the City of Sydney Filming Guidelines available on the City of Sydney website, the NSW Film Friendly Protocol and associated NSW Filming Legislation.

With the team still working remotely for the majority of the week the usual dedicated filming phone line on 02 9265 9026 cannot always be answered. In the interim please can all enquiries be emailed to the normal openspacebookings@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au email address so the team can respond or call back once received.

There has been a noticeable positive increase in the number of filming activities over the past few months and we hope this can continue moving forwards sustainably.

Simon can be contacted on 612 9265 9452 (landline) and 61 477 730 994 (mobile).