Are you filming in London? Whether you’re shooting on location or on the move, find out if a police presence is needed, which authorities need to be notified, and how to keep your cast, crew and the general public safe. 

Do you need to tell the Met about your film shoot?

A police presence will be needed for any filming where:

  • there are likely to be public safety issues

  • crime enactments are viewable from a public place

  • the film shoot involves liveried emergency vehicles or actors in police or contemporary military uniform

  • nudity or perceived nudity is viewable from a public place

  • weapons, whether real or props, are used and visible or audible in a public place

  • low-loader or tracking shots are taking place on a public road 

If any of the above applies to you, please complete the Met Film Unit's Notice to Film in London form online. Once we receive your form, we'll contact you for further information and provide a quote based on your needs.


Please note

The list above is not definitive and other issues may arise that require a police presence. If you’re unsure, please contact the Met Film Unit on 020 3054 5555, or email us at You can also check out Film London's Location Filming in London Code of Practice.