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Cape Town’s Draft Filming By-law: Balancing the Needs of the Film Industry and Residents

Cape Town has always been an attractive location for film productions due to its breathtaking landscapes and stunning architecture. In this regard, the City of Cape Town’s Events and Film Department has introduced a new Draft Filming By-law aimed at regulating filming activities within the city. This by-law seeks to replace the current Filming By-law from 2005, aligning Cape Town with international standards while empowering the Film Permit Office (FPO) to better manage filming activities.


The idea of revising the Filming By-law was born in 2022 when the council adopted the City’s Film Policy. The policy envisioned Cape Town as a globally competitive film destination, renowned for its world-class facilities and locations. This vision provided the foundation for the amendments to the Filming By-law.

Key Aspects of the Draft Filming By-law

The Draft Filming By-law focuses on several key aspects, including efficient management and regulation of filming activities on both private and public property. It also identifies the types of filming activities that require a permit, simplifies the permit application and appeals process, and empowers the City to enforce compliance while protecting authorized officials as they perform their duties under the by-law.

Stakeholder Involvement

The Events and Film Department worked closely with the Safety and Security Portfolio Committee to create a document that balances the needs of the film industry and residents. Councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe, the Safety and Security Portfolio Committee Chairperson, welcomes comments from residents, film industry members, businesses, and other affected parties.

Submitting Comments and Recommendations

The Cape Town government is dedicated to crafting a by-law that accommodates all stakeholders’ requirements. Interested parties can submit their comments, input, and recommendations via email, written submissions, or by contacting the Film and Events Department directly. The draft Filming By-law is also accessible on the City of Cape Town website, at subcouncil offices, or City libraries.

Cape Town’s proposed amendments to the Filming By-law reflect the city’s commitment to supporting the creative arts, promoting economic growth, and ensuring a sustainable environment for all parties. By striking a balance between the needs of the film industry and the concerns of residents, Cape Town is set to emerge as a global leader in the world of film production, cementing its reputation as one of the world’s premier destinations for awe-inspiring cinematic experiences.

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