Watford is a popular location for film and TV productions, including dramas, adverts, documentaries and pop promos.
Productions filmed in Watford include:
- Eastenders (BBC)
- Humans (Ch5)
- Dr Foster (BBC)
- My Mad Fat Diary (E4)
- Off Their Rockers (ITV)
- Man Down (Ch4)
The town is a great location in which to film and we will provide the help and support that is needed.
There is a £130 administration charge for all filming applications.
Where filming takes place on council property (eg parks and premises), the charges are:
- up to one hour - £275
- between 1 and 4 hours - £600
- half day (4 to 6 hours) - £900
- seven hours+ - £1,300
Exceptions are made for student productions.
The Parking Service can arrange for dispensations and suspension of yellow lines and pay and display machines. Registration details of all vehicles are needed and after you have completed the vehicle registration form, parking waivers can be issued.
A minimum of one week's notice is needed for parking arrangements to be sorted. If you have lots of vehicles, we ask that you do a letter drop to local businesses and residents, with the times and dates of filming so that they are aware of what's happening.
Extra charges for parking dispensations, waivers and officer time will be invoiced separately from the filming charge. Please contact the Parking Service on 01908 223508 for more information.
Filming on the public highway
Filming on the public highway will normally be limited to no later than 11pm (10pm on Sundays) in residential areas. Any filming beyond this time will require special arrangements and must have the full agreement of the Police and Hertfordshire County Council Highways.
The Police will need to have a presence:
- to ensure there is no traffic obstruction
- when there will be actors in emergency services uniform
- if there are scenes of a criminal nature (eg drug use, fights, fake robberies, use of firearms etc)
Advance notice must be given to local residents and businesses via a letter drop.
For more information, contact:
- Hertfordshire County Council Highways, Network Management Team on 0300 123 4047 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Eddie Matthews at the Police on 01707 806747 or email: email@example.com
Filming cannot take place until we have received a copy of your Public Liability Insurance, which should be for a minimum of £5m.
If you are looking for a location or need studio space, facilities and crew, Creative England may be able to help. It is a national agency providing a free support service for productions shooting outside of London.
Creative England has a database of local facilities and crew. If you are an experienced professional or new entrant, an established business or start-up company, you can register on the database for free so productions filming in the region can find you.