Oxfordshire Film Office

How to apply for permission to film on the public highway.

Oxfordshire Film Office is the appointed film commission for Oxfordshire, managed by Oxfordshire County Council. We are responsible for approving all filming taking place on the public highway in the City of Oxford and the County of Oxfordshire.

We promote Oxfordshire as a region with prime and diverse filming locations and a rich history of major film productions and world acclaimed television series.  Our experienced filming liaison team provides dedicated assistance to the film and television industry undertaking productions in the county.

We support productions by providing the necessary permits, locations advice and liaison with other authorities, businesses and colleges. We work in partnership with Creative England to attract international and national television and film productions to the region.

Recent projects

In recent years, we have facilitated the filming of a variety of TV and film productions, including:

  • Endeavour
  • Downton Abbey
  • Lewis
  • Testament of Youth
  • The Riot Club
  • Transformers V: The Last Knight
  • The Mummy (2017)
  • Taboo

Filming on the public highway

Filming on the public highway (including the footway) requires our agreement. Any proposed filming on private property which may affect the highway, cause alarm or a danger to the public or may cause an obstruction requires our consent.

Filming on an Oxfordshire County Council maintained Public Right of Way and the Thames Trail requires permission from the landowner before consent can be given and the path must not be obstructed at any time during filming.

How to apply

Make sure you read our ​filming policy (pdf format, 48 KB) and risk assessment form (doc format, 51 KB) before you complete the application for filming in Oxfordshire.

Costs

The following charges will be made when filming on the highway:

  • Small production (1 - 5 crew) - £70 per day
  • Medium production (6 - 11 crew) - £150 per day
  • Large production (11 - 29 crew) - £450 per day
  • Major features (30 - 40 crew) - £1,000 per day
  • Major features (41+ crew) £1,750 per day + £50 per hour (officer time at location)
  • Further associated charges (site visits, materials, alterations, clearance etc.) after one initial meeting - £50 per hour

If you are considering a road closure for filming purposes, the team will require at least 8 weeks’ notice to process the Special Event Order needed for this legal process. Please supply details on the filming application form or contact the team for further information.

OCC's Drone Policy

Contacts

Filming on the public highway, footway and public footpaths

Please email filming@oxfordshire.gov.uk or call Mark Spokes on 07766 780330 or Steve Phillips on 07786 027244 to discuss your filming requests.

Parking - Oxford City and residents' bays in Abingdon and Henley

Civil Enforcement Team
Oxfordshire County Council

Tel: 01865 815700
Email: parking@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Car parks in Oxford

Oxford City Council
Car Parks Team
Ramsay House
10 St. Ebbe's Street
Oxford
OX1 1PT

Tel: 01865 252489
Car parks in Oxford

To use car park spaces in the rest of Oxfordshire contact the appropriate district council.

General information

Creative England

Creative England’s database is populated with local facilities and crew. Registration is free, so whether you are an experienced professional or new entrant, an established business or start-up company, register on the database so productions filming in the region can find you.

Your property could be just what filmmakers are looking for, be it a cottage or a castle, a suburban semi or stately home.  So, if your property is based in England, outside of London and could accommodate filming, register on Creative England’s free database.

For general enquiries, please contact Creative England’s Production Services on 0208 324 2311 or production@creativeengland.co.uk 

Location Oxfordshire

For advice on filming in the area, locations, local services and Oxfordshire film trails contact Location Oxfordshire. Location Oxfordshire provides information and support for companies, crews and creatives filming in Oxfordshire.

Geron Swann
Location Oxfordshire
54 Catherine Street
Oxford
OX4 3AU

Tel: 01865 244274
info@locationoxfordshire.co.uk
www.locationoxfordshire.co.uk

University of Oxford

For filming within the colleges or buildings of the University of Oxford please contact:

Film and Television Coordinator
Educational Media Services
University of Oxford
13 Banbury Road
Oxford
OX1 6NN

Tel: 01865 289985
filming@ox.ac.uk
Filming at the University of Oxford

Oxford City Council

If you would like to film in Oxford at the Covered Market, Bonn Square, Gloucester Green, City Parks or the Thames Towpath please contact Oxford City Council Events Team on 01865 252407 or events@oxford.gov.uk to discuss.