Filming in Durban
1.1 Ethekwini Municipality is in favour of encouraging filming in the City and has established, within the Economic Development Department, the Durban Film Office whose object is, inter alia, to assist filmmakers in their dealings with the local municipality and all film related queries - whether at local, provincial or national government level.
1.2 Filming on municipal premises and certain closed public places is largely governed by a contract between the filmmaker and the municipality or other person with the relevant right in the property.
1.3 eThekwini Municipality does not restrict filming in public places except where the use of the public place concerned will be disrupted inappropriately by the proposed filming activity; or unfairly violates the rights of the public to use the roads and other public places without the appropriate alternative measures; or the proposed filming is subject to criminal and / or civil sanctions.
1.4 eTM thus believes that collaboration and effective communication between the governments and their departments to support filming activity is vital for the provision of an efficient and effective service, which develops and maintains sound relationships between the film industry, the city, the province, national department operating in the city, business, tourists and residents of affected areas. This role will be performed by the Durban Film Office and filmmakers are encouraged to work in collaboration with this office when operating in the metro.
1.5 Whether the Municipality will order any closure depends on the potential impact of the activity on the amenity of residents, business and traffic.
1.6 The closure of a public place is an administrative action performed by the authorised delegate whose authority is required to close the place concerned. The normal rights given and responsibilities imposed by law apply to both the applicant and the treatment of the application by the authorised delegate. Thus at least 48 hours (and preferably up to 7 days in advance for business areas) before application for closure of any public place, the applicant must notify affected businesses and residents in writing, of the proposal to film and to close the public place concerned. A copy of the notification and proof of notice must be provided to the Durban Film Office. Before ordering any closure, the authorised delegate shall consult the Durban Film Office.
1.7 The Municipality is a public authority and will not grant any closure and, where applicable, application to hire, unless the applicant's application is accompanied by evidence of adequate public liability insurance. Film applications using the services of stunt performers are further required to provide evidence of appropriate specialised risk, blanket liability or work cover insurance.
1.8 Fee’s and Tariffs: The following principles will be applied to the fee structures: