Filming in Lichfield city and district
Lichfield city and district is a fantastic location – a great backdrop for a feature film or a perfect setting for a documentary, cooking show or current affairs programme. If you want to film in Lichfield district, here’s what you need to know:
Filming on city/district streets (other than Lichfield Cathedral Close and Three Spires)
If you want to film on city/district streets you do not need a permit, unless your filming will require you to close a road/your filming will cause an obstruction.
You must have public liability insurance in place and the necessary risk assessments, as you will be liable for any accidents/claims that may result from your filming activity. If you want advice on the best streets and locations to film in, contact our press office who can also offer recce advice.
All vehicles must also be appropriately parked in line with parking restrictions.
Please also be aware that Lichfield city hosts a wide variety of large-scale street-based events on weekends/bank holidays, which could make filming challenging. If you want to check whether your filming will coincide with a street-based event, email [email protected].
If your filming will cause an obstruction/you require a road closure, please find out how to apply for a road closure notice. The process can take up to six weeks, so please plan ahead.
Who owns the local streets/public spaces
The streets in Lichfield city are owned/managed by a variety of bodies – including Lichfield City Council, Lichfield District Council and Staffordshire County Council.
All these bodies have signed up to a pledge to make filming in Lichfield city easy for film makers and will support filming in their areas, provided it is respectful, does not cause an obstruction, nuisance or offence, and is carried out with the highest degree of safety.
While you do not need to seek permission to film on local streets, as long as you are not causing an obstruction and have public liability insurance, if you are carrying out larger-scale/long term filming projects, we strongly recommend you alert the relevant landowners to avoid any issues.
To do so, please contact the following bodies:
- Market Square, Minster Pool Walk and Garden of Remembrance: Lichfield City Council
- City roads/streets (other than Three Spires and cathedral): Staffordshire County Council
- Public city car parks (some filming charges may apply if the car park or parts of the car park need to close): Lichfield District Council
- Parks/open spaces elsewhere in the district are often managed by other councils, such as parish councils, and you will need to contact the relevant body/council for permission to film - find out how to contact the local parish council.
If you are filming on private property (inside shops, gardens, public buildings, home etc) you will always need to seek the owner’s permission.
Filming in Lichfield Cathedral/Cathedral Close
If you wish to film in or around Lichfield Cathedral and The Close, you need to contact the cathedral team for permission/a permit. Please contact [email protected] at least ten working days before the date you wish to film on. Some filming charges may apply.
Filming in city and district parks
If you wish to film a news item in a park within Lichfield District, including Beacon Park or Stowe Fields/Pool, you will need to notify Lichfield District Council’s parks team. Please email [email protected] or call 01543 308866.
If you wish to film a commercial item (feature film, adverts, promos/music videos) in a park within Lichfield District, some charges may apply. Please contact [email protected] or call 01543 308016 to discuss timings and charges.
Parks/open spaces elsewhere in the district are often managed by other councils, such as parish councils, and you will need to contact the relevant body/council for permission to film - find out how to contact the local parish council.
Filming at Three Spires Shopping Centre
Feature filming & recce support
Lichfield city and district would make an ideal backdrop for feature films/series and has featured in a number of programmes. If you are interested in finding possible filming locations in Lichfield District, our press office can discuss your requirements and propose locations/offer some recce support. Contact the team by emailing [email protected] or by calling 01543 308778.