In 2003, Film-friendly New Zealand officially recognised Christchurch City Council's support of the film industry by awarding it 'Film-friendly' status.

Apply for approval to film in Christchurch

Unless your activity fits the below criteria for filming without a permit, you must apply for a filming permit. 

Application assessment and approval takes approximately two weeks, but may take longer depending on the complexity of the planned activity. In the instance of a major road closure up to 84 days notice can be required.

Fees and bonds may be required to cover the cost of accommodating some filming activities. A copy of the fee schedule is supplied on the acceptance of your application to film.

The value of filmmaking to the city's economic development has inspired the Council to adopt a film-friendly policy. Enquiries from filmmakers wanting to use Christchurch locations and facilities can be addressed with urgency where required and filming approvals processed as quickly as possible.

From building false traffic islands in the early hours of the morning, to giving approval for use of public areas and our beautiful parks, the requirements of filmmakers are generally able to be accommodated.

Find out more about Film-friendly New Zealand(external link), contact us on 03 941 8999.