Filming in Watford

Watford is a popular location for film and TV productions, including dramas, adverts, documentaries and pop promos. The town is a great location in which to film and we will provide the help and support that is needed.

Charges for filming

Filming that takes place on council property (e.g. parks and premises), will be charged the following:

  • Town Hall (per hour) - £235
  • Town Hall (7+ hours) - £1,650
  • Parks and other council land/property (per hour) - £180
  • Parks and other council land/property (7+ hours) - £1,650

Please note: There is a £180 administration charge for all filming applications. Exceptions are made for student productions.

Public Liability

Filming cannot take place until we have received a copy of your Public Liability Insurance, which should be for a minimum of £5m.


A minimum of one week's notice is needed for parking arrangement 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.

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.

Extra charges for parking dispensations, waivers and officer time will be invoiced separately from the filming charge. Please contact the Parking Service or call 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 must have the full agreement of the Filming Office.

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 (e.g.e drug use, fights, fake robberies, us of firearms etc,)

Advance notice must be given to local residents and businesses via a letter drop.

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