Filming on highways

Guide to filming on Hampshire’s highways

Please note that Hampshire County Council does not issue filming permits.

We have three categories of filming on highways:

  1. Highways filming for general visuals/within highways regulations
  2. traffic managed filming/managed highways filming
  3. road closures for filming/street furniture removal/roads prepared

Highways filming general visuals/within highways regulations

You can do some filming on the highway without having to inform the highways team:

  • general visuals which will not obstruct pedestrians or public vehicles on the highway
  • within a vehicle that is abiding by the highway laws
  • where traffic management is not required

Check if there are any events, roadworks or temporary road closures planned when you want to film.

Find planned events and roadworks on roadworks.org

Cables on/over the Highway

Should you require any cables to be placed on or over the Highway then additional consent is required.

When applying for this consent it is a requirement that;

  • The applicant shall hold £5 million public liability insurance
  • Provide a plan showing the precise location where the cables are to be erected
  • When the application is reviewed, if required, you may also be asked to provide the following additional documentation;
  • A risk assessment
  • Signing and guarding proposals

Apply for consent to place cables on or over the highway

Traffic Managed filming / Managed Highways filming

If you need a road to be controlled for up to 15 minutes inform the Highways team at least one month in advance.

Provide the following information:

  • timings and dates of filming (including set up and strike)
  • proposed road(s) for filming
  • detailed description of highways filming taking place, type of driving undertaken
  • reason why the road needs to be controlled
  • your traffic management plan
  • traffic management company
  • detail of removal of street furniture required
  • number of crew and cast
  • filming equipment you'll be using
  • confirmation that you hold public liability insurance

Send your request: roads@hants.gov.uk

Road closures for filming/street furniture removal/roads prepared

If you have a larger production which requires the road to be closed to film safely, contact the Highways team at least six weeks in advance. You will need to pay for a road closure. The Highways Team will provide full details.

Provide the following information:

  • timings and dates of filming (including set up and strike)
  • proposed road(s) for filming
  • detailed description of highways filming taking place, type of driving undertaken
  • reason why the road needs to be closed
  • your traffic management plan
  • traffic management company
  • detail of removal of street furniture required
  • number of crew and cast
  • filming equipment you'll be using
  • confirmation that you hold public liability insurance

Send your request: roads@hants.gov.uk