Filming Charges

Applications are free and are required for all film / photography in Merton.

There are costs for Parks, Markets, Estates, Libraries and any council land or property – just not the public highway.

Location Fees vary depending on your requirements and impact.

A guide to charges is listed below, so that you may budget accordingly. Location Fees are applicable for filming in Parks, Markets, Estates, Libraries and any council land (not public highway) and property. Location Fees will increase/decrease depending on requirements and impact.

Location Fee (Daily Charge)

We understand budgets aren’t limitless so we always try to work within your means. All our rates can be found below:

  • A Rate (from)
    £2,000/ + VAT
    • up to £3,000
    • Features / Commercials
  • B Rate (from)
    £1,000/ + VAT
    • Up to £2,000
    • TV Drama / Music Video
  • C Rate (per hour)
    £75/ + VAT
    • Small Scale
    • Cast & Crew < 10
  • These are day rates based on 10 hours filming (+1 hour prep / strike either side).
  • Where possible, prep / strike days are charged at 50% of the agreed filming day fee.
  • Reductions available for student, community groups and charities based or living in the borough.
  • Fees increase / decrease in correlation to impact / requirements to be representative of what is taking place.

Location Admin Fee (One off cost )

When productions Film or Unit Base at a Location:

  • Extra Small / Small Crew
    £50/ + VAT
    • (1-15 crew)
  • Medium Crew
    £100/ + VAT
    • (16-50 crew)
  • Large Crew
    £150/ + VAT
    • (50+ crew)
  •  (Charity / Student discounted rate: £25 + VAT)
  • Crew refers to all crew, cast, extras, agency personnel and third party personnel (e.g. security or traffic management operatives) related to the production on location – on day of shoot.

Street Filming Admin Fee (Daily Charge)

  • Extra Small Crew
    £25/ + VAT
    • (1-5 crew)
  • Small Crew
    £50/ + VAT
    • (6-15 crew)
  • Medium Crew
    £100/ + VAT
    • (16-50 crew)
  • Large Crew
    £150/ + VAT
    • (50+ crew)
  • (Charity / Student discounted rate: £25 + VAT)
  • Crew refers to all crew, cast, extras, agency personnel and third party personnel (e.g. security or traffic management operatives) related to the production on location.

FILMING FROM A MOVING VEHICLE

  • £50 + VAT when Police outriders are present to facilitate filming
  • £25 + VAT charge for all other low loader or tracking vehicle filming

Equipment on Highway (Daily Charge)

For any film equipment on the public highway other than a camera and tripod, daily charges are applicable, depending on requirements.

Administration Fee

  • Extra Small / Small Crew
    £50/ + VAT
    • Per hour
    • (1-15 crew)
  • Medium Crew
    £100/ + VAT
    • Per hour
    • (16-50 crew)
  • Large Crew
    £150/ + VAT
    • Per hour
    • (50+ crew)

CHARGEABLE WHEN

  • A Film Officer is required to make arrangements for a production or be present on location
  • When a shoot is subject to specific requirements and a Film Officer has to attend the shoot e.g. on a night shoot, to ensure compliance
  • A Film Officer is called to the location to investigate a complaint and that complaint is found to be valid
  • There is a breach of a filming licence / Code of Practice and the Film Officer has to investigate
  • When the Film Officer has to clear up after a production e.g. by arranging a re-instatement, removing unit signs, clearing rubbish
  • Site Visits

NOT CHARGED ON

  • Enquiries
  • Advice
  • Anything that falls within the Local Authority’s duty of care

Late application Fee

£100 + VAT for applications with less than 24 hrs notice

Traffic Management Fee

£400 + VAT (daily charge per Traffic Management Plan)

Road Closure Fees

  • Subject to approval
  • “Notice” – A road closure for less than 24hrs: £1,831.25
  • “Order” – A road closure for more than 24hrs: £1,831.25

Cancellation Charges

Cancellation of parking applications will be subject to cancellation fees – amount dependent on time frame.

If a shoot is cancelled it will be subject to cancellation fees for any work already carried out.

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