Filming in the District

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For all filming enquiries, please contact: john.mcjannet@stalbans.gov.uk, 01727 819533 or 07831 237039.

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We welcome film-makers to St Albans City and District. We have a wide range of historic buildings and beautiful countryside offering a variety of different locations.

St Albans City and District Council is a member of Creative England's Film Friendly Partnership network and is committed to assisting film and television production in the District.

You will need a licence from us to film on Council land including Verulamium Park.

Please give as much notice as possible for your filming application.

The extent of our involvement will depend on where you want to film. To  film on Council-owned property, a location charge may apply as well as an administration fee for providing a licence. If you require special parking arrangements, then there may be additional charges.

If  filming is likely to have an impact on local shops or residents,  advance notice should be given to those potentially affected via a letter containing details of your plans and contact information.

Highways

If you wish to film on the public roads or on pavements in Hertfordshire, you must request permission from the highways department at Hertfordshire County Council. They can also advise you if there are roadworks planned in the vicinity where the filming is likely to take place. 

Police   

In some situations, the police will need to be informed about the filming. For example, if the filming involves mock weapons or actors impersonating an officer, you will need to notify Herts Constabulary.

St Albans market viewed from the Town Hall

Locations in St Albans District

There is vibrant market every Wednesday and Saturday in St Albans city centre, and a farmers' market on the second Sunday of every month. This may be of interest if you need a market location. Please be aware that the market may also affect parking availability, the number of people around St Peter’s Street and the views of the shops etc. 

St Albans also has a beautiful cathedral, medieval clock tower and a Town Hall with a 1831 courtroom. 

Filming support

If you are looking for a location, local crew, facilities or studio space then Creative England may be able to help. It is a national agency providing a free support service for productions shooting outside of London. You can search Creative England databases at: www.creativeengland.co.uk/production. Enquiries can also be directed to Hayley Armstrong, your local Production Liaison manager at Creative England on 020 8324 2312 or at hayley.armstrong@creativeengland.co.uk.

Residents

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


Stanley Kubrick

Film-making heritage 

St Albans District was home to Stanley Kubrick who is probably the region’s most distinguished film maker. Based near St Albans for much of his working life, Kubrick made 12 feature films which earned him a reputation as one of the leading film directors of his generation. Follow this link for more information: The Kubrick family shares treasures for the first time - April 2010

Image courtesy of ©Warner Bros. Entertainment. With thanks to the Stanley Kubrick Estate and University of the Arts London


Date of last review: 19 October 2016