Cape Town is an incredible filming destination, with beautifully diverse locations, long daylight hours and excellent infrastructure. With a Cape Town film permit, you can enjoy all the advantages of the city and surrounds, while working with internationally rated talent, crew and technicians.
When you’re planning a shoot, you’ll obviously want to keep the red tape to a minimum, allowing you to focus on the creative process without unnecessary distractions. If you’re preparing for a film project in the iconic city of Cape Town, the City helps to make the process hassle-free by fast-tracking access to the required film permits.
For creative shooting in Cape Town, a film permit is required for all film-related activity, including:
A film permit is not needed when filming:
Location filming activities typically impact the public, interrupting traffic flow on municipal roads or restricting access to open spaces and community facilities. By having a filming permit system in place, the City Council is able to protect the environment and communities of Cape Town while still meeting the creative needs of the film industry.
The City of Cape Town Film Permit Office (CTFPO) provides permission for shoots in Cape Town, and can also advise when permissions are needed from other authorities.
The City’s online application system is easy and efficient:
Film Permit Offices opening hours:
Cape Town is a film-friendly city, and we’re proud to say it has become a top national and international filming location. We recognise the valuable contribution the film industry makes to Cape Town’s regional economy, and we welcome creatives looking to bring their vision to life in the Mother City!