Filming in Parramatta

Parramatta is, quite simply, a fantastic place to make a movie. It’s fresh, diverse and versatile. It’s gritty and gorgeous by turns and it hasn’t yet become a screen cliché.

Located within easy reach of the rest of Sydney, Parramatta has peaceful green spaces and modern high-rise cityscapes. It has a drop-dead gorgeous river, historic homes, a buzzing café precinct and classic Australian suburbia. Add to that Council’s Filming Friendly protocols, a huge pool of local film professionals, state-of-the-art production facilities and a strong backbone of community-arts support, and it looks like you’ve nailed the perfect location for your next shoot.

Parramatta City Council encourages filming activity and welcomes artists interested in discovering our City's backdrop. Council has implemented the NSW Government's film-friendly policies which are designed to cut through red tape and make approval processes easier, faster and more streamlined than ever before.

Parramatta has been the backdrop to well-known TV dramas, movies and documentaries such as:

  • Cedar Boys
  • The Combination
  • Wolverine
  • East West 101
  • The Footy Show
  • Cops LAC
  • Selling Houses Australia
  • Packed to the Rafters
  • Home and Away
  • Make Me a Supermodel
  • Domestic Blitz
  • All Saints
  • Australia's Got Talent
  • Brothers in Arms
  • Crownies

Filming and Photography Application Form

You can use the Online Filming and Photography Application Form to apply for approval to undertake filming or still photography within Parramatta.

Please note that if this application form is submitted less than 48 hours (2 working days) prior to shoot date, approval is not guaranteed.

All filming applications will be subject to Council’s Film Friendly Parramatta - Filming & Still Photography Terms & Conditions.

Other relevant information:

Insurance requirements:

All film projects must have public liability insurance and a copy of the certificate of currency must be provided along with the application before any approvals can be provided.

  • Stills shoots, news crew-style shoots, short films, documentaries, student films and children's productions should have $10 million coverage.
  • TV commercials, dramas, mini-series' and films with budgets under $50 million need $20 million coverage.
  • Films with budgets greater than $50 million need $30 million insurance coverage.
Notify the police: 

Filming activities on public land may need to be approved by NSW Police to discuss traffic control, user-pays police personnel and working around other activities that may be planned in the area at the same time.  Police must also be notified if the filming project involves firearms, police uniforms or any other law enforcement-related props.

Parking/Traffic requirements: 

Parramatta City Council assesses all parking / traffic needs for productions requiring access to on-street parking. You may be allocated or purchase parking spaces for unit and essential vehicles and keep a section of kerbspace for example, to use for filming. Applications must show the exact parking locations on a clear map, the parking restrictions and provide the registration details of vehicles parking on-street. Barricading/reserving of parking may be required in some areas, which must be carried-out by authorised traffic controllers.  Parking approvals will be subject to conditions.  If required please complete the Temporary Road Occupancy application and attach with the relevant mud maps.

Neighbour notification:

Before you start filming you need to letterbox drop the area around your location letting the neighbours (business/residential) know about your production plans.

Private property:

If you are filming on private property you do not require approval for Council consent. However it is appreciated that you notify Council of your intent.

If you require advice about your application or the specific area that needs to be notified and any additional requirements please contact:

Last updated on 21 Jul 2016