Permission to film on Milton Keynes council land and adopted highway

COVID-19: Due to government guidelines we’re not processing requests for filming permission at this time.

Milton Keynes is an established location for TV and filming with access to lots of services and industries. It's accessibility to London and the major film studios have largely contributed to this success.

Lots of land across Milton Keynes is privately owned. Before filming you must obtain permission from the land or property owner directly.

Unfortunately the Council does not offer a film location service. We can however assist with requests to film on Council owned land and adopted highway. Most council owned properties are in constant use to provide a service and therefore cannot be used for filming.

Before contacting us for permission to film on Council owned land or adopted highway, please ensure you have reviewed the Film Location Guidance (PDF, 308KB)

To check what’s privately owned or council owned please check the council’s 'Interactive Maps' before contacting us. (Maps are indicative only and include adopted highway layers.) We regret that we cannot provide you with details on private ownership of land but this is available from HM Land Registry where possible.

Filming Fees and Application fees (non-refundable).

Small

Production 

Based on 1-5 crew members

Application fee of £30

Filming fee £150 per day 

Medium

Production 

Based on 6-11 crew members

Application fee of £60

Filming fee £180 per day 

Large

Production 

Based on 12-29 crew members

Application fee of £120

Filming fee £210 per day 

Major 

Production

Based on 30+ crew members

Application fee of £150

Filming fee £500 per day

Other information on fees

Film-makers which are part of school/college projects or affiliated with a charity can film without being subject to the standard fees and charges.

If the proposed activities are sufficiently complex, extensive or sensitive to necessitate the presence of a MK Council representative, an admin fee will be required.

Restrictions

Filming in residential areas is problematic and this would need to be discussed further if proposed. Notice must also be given if there is a risk that filming might incorporate images of the public, particularly children. You are advised to contact Thames Valley Police for all filming you do in Milton Keynes as well.

Filming on private property (eg the shopping centres in CMK or MK Parks Trust land), or when using buildings as a backdrop, the owner’s permission must be sought and all necessary arrangements made with them. 

Milton Keynes Council does not have a private bill in place yet to allow a road to be closed for the purpose of filming on the highway. Filming on the highway is permitted and can  only be achieved if the road/pavement remains open to the public or the road is closed for a public event to which the filming is in association to that event. For further information on road closures and temporary traffic regulation Orders please contact the TRO on 01908 254604.  Alternatively you can email the Team TROteam@milton-keynes.gov.uk

All parking enquiries should be addressed to MK Council Parking Dept on 01908 252309.

Other filming locations

Last Updated: 8 April 2020