Permits and Procedures
All production companies applying for permission to film in the greater Durban area must register with the Durban Film Office online Permit Application Facility that is designed to guide you through the application process and requirements. In addition, applicants are required to complete a risk categorization form and submit to the South African Police Department.
Road Closures / Traffic Assistance / Special Effects
Applications for road closures or ANY obstruction to traffic or pedestrian, use of any special effects / stunts / weapons must be made through the Durban Film Office online Permit Application Facility, that is designed to guide you through the application process and requirements. In addition, applicants are required to email any related operating licenses to firstname.lastname@example.org or upload the documents during the online application process.
Depending on the nature of the shoot, the Durban Film Office may request signed proof of notification of the proposed activity to shop owners / vendors / adjacent properties within a 100 meter radius of the intended location.
All location applications should be submitted at least 7 days prior to the proposed shoot date.
Applications for shoots involving more than 30 crew and/or 15 vehicles should be submitted at least 14 days in advance.
Similarly, applications for film shoots involving construction and /or road works should be made not less than 14 days in advance.
Applications for traffic assistance, road closures, use of any special effects / stunts / weapons, should be submitted at least 14 days prior to the proposed shoot date.