• Film permits

    Screen Suffolk, along with many other film friendly authorities in the UK and USA, uses the industry standard permitting system called ‘FilmApp’.

    As soon as you know where and when you want to film, log in and make an application. We promise to get your permit issued quickly and efficiently.

    You need to apply for a filming permit through Screen Suffolk no matter how small your crew is and even if you are a student. We are used to responding at short notice, so don’t worry if you don’t have much lead in time. Even if you do not believe you will be causing an obstruction we strongly recommend that you always inform Screen Suffolk if you are filming the counties streets. If the local authority is not aware that you will be filming in the area then you might be asked to stop.

    All productions, international and domestic, need proof of £10m Public Liability Insurance in order to receive permission to film or carry out commercial photography in public areas. This insurance covers the legal responsibilities of your production if your activities cause injury to a third party or damage to property. If you engage in commercial filming activity without public liability insurance and something goes wrong you could be prosecuted.

    View our Code of Practise for filming in Suffolk

    If you are unsure whether your location falls within the Suffolk border, please do get in touch. Similarly, if you are unsure about using FilmApp, just pick up the phone and we’ll explain how it works.