Welcome to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Film Office

Facilitating filming

Updated: October 17th 2020

Due to the Covid-19 and following regulations and guidance from the Government, RBKC Film Office is required to carefully consider each application in line with this guidance, surrounding large groups of people gathering and to protect our residents while maintaining social distancing.

While London’s status moves to the Tier 2 category (High Risk) of Covid-19 restrictions, effective from Saturday 17 October, this does not affect filming and photography taking place in outdoor public spaces.

Film London states: “While this introduces certain additional restrictions around households mixing, particularly in indoor social settings, the intention of the new Local Covid Alert Levels is to enable ‘work’ activity to continue at all levels - including film and television. By following the approved Covid-19 guidance highlighted below, Film and TV production will be able to continue in the Capital until further notice.

As the approved Covid-19 guidance highlights, productions should allow enough time to plan shoots to ensure that they can film in a Covid-secure environment. Productions also have a duty to check the specifics of any local restrictions where they are working, if elsewhere in England, or in the devolved nations and regions.”

From Friday 4 September, you will be able to apply for a filming and photography application onine via the RBKC portal offered by The Councils Film office.

Applications for cast and crew over ten people will be considered on a case by case basis, taking into account the impact the activity could have on the proposed location and the local community. Productions will need to demonstrate a clear plan to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission, in line with current Government advice:

  • Assurances to how social distancing will be maintained for cast and crew, and in managing the public
  • Assurances on health and hygiene measures that will be implemented during the proposed film or photographic shoot event, to prevent the spread of Covid-19
  • Crew completing the free Screen Skills coronavirus basic awareness on production

Please note, should Government advice change and not support the scale of operation required, bookings will be cancelled or postponed. The Film office will endeavour to provide production companies with up to six weeks’ notice of cancellation.

We recognise that this may be frustrating and we share your frustration that many film and photography shoots will not go ahead at this time. The safety of our residents and staff remains our top priority, alongside supporting the NHS and care providers. We will continue to follow the Government regulations and advice, and regularly review this approach when new guidance is published.

Please read the latest Government guidance for further details.

Filming and photography in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Our aim is to ensure that all filming and photography activities are carried out safely and with minimum disruption to our residents and businesses. We aim to achieve this by:

  • providing a friendly and effective service, using our local knowledge and expertise in dealing with all manner of filming enquiries and facilitating large and small shoots
  • co-ordinating Council services and providing a trouble-shooting service
  • protecting the interests of our residents and ensuring that those filming on-street adhere to best practice and to all Council requirements