Filming in Southland

Southland District Council is committed to supporting the film industry.

The place we proudly call home is our greatest asset and we love sharing it so we’re keen to assist your filming endeavours.

Southland’s unique and diverse landscapes are a fantastic backdrop to capture. However, regardless of whether you’re simply launching a drone for a few minutes or undertaking a major production, we need to hear from you.

Approval from Council may only be given for Council-owned or controlled land. Whether its streets, roads, parks, playgrounds, recreational areas, environmental reserves, parking lots or even footpaths, we manage all Council property on behalf of ratepayers no differently as you would a private landowner. So you need to seek permission. This enables Council to ensure natural elements and infrastructure within our region are protected and there is minimal impact on the community through filming protocols and guidelines.

Download the Guide to filming in Southland and the approval submission form [PDF, 4.7 MB]

If you are planning to use a drone theUse of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Policy [PDF, 182 KB] outlines our stance on the use of drones on or above Council-owned or controlled property. Apply to fly unmanned aerial vehicles in restricted circumstances [PDF, 288 KB],