General information on permits etc

The main mistake that international production companies make when shooting in the UK is not to allow sufficient time for casting and locations. This can have many dire knock-on effects with child licenses, location permits, tech recces, scheduling, equipment and securing the best crew.

Please note it can be extremely challenging to film at bridges, stations, airports, Royal Parks, and shoots requiring road closures so allow extra time for these sorts of locations.

We recommend that clients come to the UK to do location recces and casting at least one month before principal photography. You can then return home while we work on the pre-production and get everything perfectly set up. However, we live in the real world and understand that things happen. We will pull out all the stops with whatever time you give us, but please give us as much of it as you can so that we can organise the shoot properly for you.

Here are some helpful links for filming in London and the wider UK:

Location filming in London code of practice:

London parking permits: 

Film tax relief: 

An article on EIS and SEIS funding: 

UK government overview of EIS funding: