Filming and photography

Arranging permissions and access

You need to arrange permission and access for filming and photography in areas of Council responsibility in Edinburgh, including parking dispensations.

Photos of Edinburgh are available to view and download from the The City of Edinburgh and This Is Edinburgh Flickr streams. 


Parking dispensations allows you to park on a single yellow line only. A minimum of 24 hours notice is required.

Pay bays can be booked where longer term parking is required. Three working days notice is required. Film Edinburgh can coordinate this for productions.

0131 622 7337

Otherwise, NSL Parking manage parking in the city for dispensations.

0131 557 6941

Parking in Parliament Square can be arranged, sometimes at short notice, but depends on availability of staff and whether or not there are any events scheduled.


For permission to use parks and green spaces including Calton Hill, complete our filming permission application form.

As a rule, at least 24 hours notice is required. In some cases, more notice will be essential. You will need to provide a copy of your public liability insurance before permission is granted.


In all cases, you are strongly advised to have public liability insurance and in some circumstances you may be asked for evidence of this.

If you are a small crew with less than 10 people and just want to film on the street without having any areas closed off, you should notify Film Edinburgh so they can alert local officers and Police Scotland.

You should not obstruct pedestrians or anyone else using the pavements or roads. If you are asked to move on by a Council officer or the police, you must do so. Also, please avoid filming at pedestrian crossings or junctions as it can either obscure views or create a distraction for drivers.

If you need a public area closed off, you need to contact Derek Shade on 0131 529 3400. They will usually require at least two weeks' notice in order to make the arrangements, depending on the area.

If filming in one location is required for more than five days, then at least six weeks' notice is required. A fee is usually payable.


Ideally, we need your request by lunchtime the day before you want to film so that we have time to speak to the headteacher. However, we obviously appreciate that this is not always possible.

Each request is decided case-by-case. While we do our best, please be aware that we have to refuse the majority of requests to film in schools for practical or other reasons.

Cemeteries and burial grounds

If the request is from a news outlet, phone us with details of your request.

Otherwise contact Film Edinburgh. Depending on the nature of the request, there may be forms to complete and a charge may be payable. You will also be asked to supply copies of your public liability and risk assessment documents.

Requests are dealt with case by case. To allow your request to be processed you will need to tell us

  • equipment to be used
  • vehicle access requirements
  • likely date and times for filming or performing
  • size of film crew and likely audience size, if performance request
  • what the filming or photography or performance is for such as subject matter, for which channel  or media.

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