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Any commercial filming that takes place on Queenstown Lakes District Council land (including roads) will first require an approved film permit from us. You may also require resource consents for bigger and/or long-term productions.Apply for Council permit Filming in the wider district QLDC film office
Apply for Council permit
If you have selected your filming locations and are ready to apply for a council film permit, you will need to have the below information prepared to supply. Your permit will not be valid until it is signed and approved by council, and you cannot film until you receive this.
Completed QLDC Film Permit Application (found below) – please complete and return in Word format without signature
Specific locations clearly identified - you must be as specific as possible with your locations, rather than indicating general areas such as ‘downtown Queenstown’ or ‘lakefront’ (refer to GIS Maps if needed)
Detailed map showing where/how the location will be used
Public Liability Insurance certificate
Health & Safety plan
A Traffic Management Plan (TMP) - if filming on a road
CAA Part 102 certification - if using a drone (see drone section below)
Harbour Master notification - if filming on the water surface
Other important information
Filming at Queenstown or Wānaka requires a permit from the Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC):
Queenstown Airport: www.queenstownairport.co.nz/corporate/media/filmingrequests
Wānaka Airport: www.wanakaairport.com/about-wanaka-airport/news-and-filming
Filming in the wider district
For information about filming at non-Council owned locations in the district (such as Department of Conservation land) please contact the Film Office.
Filming in the wider Otago region
For information about filming in the wider Otago region, please contact Film Otago Southland.
No matter where you’re filming, it’s highly recommended that you engage a locally-based line producer or location scout/manager. They have valuable local knowledge, and can assist with: permitting applications, location recommendations, legal requirements, accepted work practices, visa applications, tax, insurance and all other aspects of production.
Directory for hiring local crew: www.filmotagosouthland.com/industry-directory
QLDC Film Office
Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has an in-Council film office within its Economic Development department that acts as a point of coordination for screen activity in the region. Click here to learn more.