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Merton offers a diverse range of excellent locations; from the picturesque Wimbledon Village and Mitcham Cricket Green to the sprawling Phipps Bridge and High Path Estates. We have a great selection of council-owned properties and beautiful parks that makes Merton an ideal borough to film in.
You can view a map of Merton's boundaries (0.9MB) here.
Productions range from feature films, commercials, TV documentaries and dramas including the hit TV show The Bill which is produced and directed by Talkback Thames from their studios in Merton.
My experience of working with Merton Council has always been positive and they have been extremely helpful. It is fantastic having such an accommodating borough on our doorstep especially as it is where we are based
Rebecca Jayne Rawcliffe, Location Manager The Bill
Merton is one of the most film friendly Boroughs in London. I am always amazed with the huge varied selection of locations you can find in Merton and with production budgets getting tighter it is one of the more affordable areas in London.
Matt Lane, location manager Psychoville
There is no charge for filming on streets but we do charge for filming in parks and open spaces, and other council owned properties. The filming tariffs for Merton are detailed in the table below.
|Filming Activity||Filming Tariff|
Commercial shoots and feature films
|Up to £1,200 for a day and £700 for a half day|
TV dramas and medium budget films
|Up to £750 for a day and £450 for a half day|
TV documentaries and low budget films
|Up to £500 for a day and £300 for a half day|
|Only charge would be for additional costs associated with the shoot. Overtime, equipment hire etc.|
|Time spent on site visits, liaising with internal departments negotiating fees and location||Admin fee of £50 per hour (first hour free)|
Unit base parking - depended upon the size of the production
For large scale feature films we charge £750 per day
For TV dramas £500 per day
Parking requires four working days notice for all parking dispensations and waivers. Charges can vary according to location, in general a bay suspension costs £42 per day and a yellow line dispensation costs £13.20 per day. For more information, visit the Parking bay suspensions and yellow line dispensations webpage.
For all filming (but not for stills photography) we must see a copy of the production companies public liability insurance certificate. This must have a minimum indemnity of £5 million. We expect everyone filming in Merton to abide by the Film London Code of Practice
If you are interested in filming in the borough, please fill out a Filming and photography application form and fax or email a copy of the Public liability insurance
Once we have received your application, and a copy of your public liability insurance, we will issue you with a license for filming in the borough. We aim to issue the license within 48 hours of receiving the initial filming application
8th floor, Merton Civic Centre
Phone: 020 8545 3434
Fax: 020 8545 0446
This page was last updated on Tuesday 10 December 2013