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Filming and busking in Fremantle


Many local and international production companies have been inspired by the atmosphere and architecture of Fremantle - producing successful documentaries, television series and major films.

If you wish to film in Fremantle you must complete the filming application form and obtain approval from the City of Fremantle.

Films made for commercial gain are charged a site fee for the duration of the film. Student productions are exempt; however an application must be completed. At least five days' notice is required to process filming applications.

For applications that require a full road closure, the road closure needs to be advertised at least one week before filming commences, unless it is for a minor closure, laneway or quiet street. A road closure application can take ten to fourteen days to process. The police require one month's notice for a major road closure application to be processed.

A certificate of currency for public liability insurance is a requirement for all filming applications.

Applications are not required for filming short segments (no longer than 5 minutes) of City of Fremantle premises for background or souvenir purposes, providing there is no disruption to staff or customers, and the footage is for personal or student use.

Permission is not required from the City of Fremantle for still photography.

To film in the following locations in Fremantle, applications should be made directly to: 

Fishing Boat Harbour

Department for Planning and Infrastructure
T 08 9216 8862

Fremantle Train Station

Public Transport Authority
T 08 9326 2000

Fremantle Ports

T 08 9430 3555

Fremantle Markets (interior)

T 08 9335 2515


Fremantle has a unique busking culture and a rich history of street performance, which is celebrated annually as part of the City's street arts festival. A permit is not required for non-amplified music, however if the ranger asks you to move along you will need to comply with their request.

For more information see the Busking_Guidelines.doc

Contact us

Events Officer
T 08 9432 9945
F 08 9432 9634

Useful documents

Filming application form

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