Dublin City Council’s Production Guide is a set of simple guidelines intended to ensure that the close working relationship that exists between the Irish film and television sector and Dublin City Council continues, and that the highest standards of quality are maintained.
Complying with this Production Guide will ensure that Dublin City Council’s relevant departments are kept informed of upcoming filming taking place in the City and that all applicants are aware of their duty of care when operating in the public domain, ensuring the safety and well being of employees and members of the public.
Dublin City Council acknowledges that industry best practice evolves and improves over time. This Production Guide will benefit from continuous input and development from the industry and key stakeholders and will be reviewed periodically.
If you are filming on private property you do not need to apply for Dublin City Council consent, this document is intended for use by film and production companies that wish to use the public domain, and/or Dublin City Council owned property for their productions.
In order to ensure the co-operation of the relevant Dublin City Council services, the production company should ensure that all those affected by filming have been consulted and informed of production arrangements.
Dublin City Council must be informed of all proposed filming activity taking place on public property within its area and should be provided with details of the following:
Charges are in place for filming in the public domain and in parks/beaches fees vary according to production size.
The following services will also incur additional charges/fees:
|Category||€Fee + Vat @ current rate applies|
|Film Drama Productions on Public Domain (Excluding filming in Dublin City Parks)||Fee Per Production|
Large – Production spend in ROI greater than €4m
TV series or Serial: Production Spend in ROI per hour greater than €1.5m
Medium – Production spend in ROI €1.5m and less than €4m
TV Series or Serial: Production spend in ROI per hour greater than €500,000 and less than €1.5m.
Small – Production Spend in ROI greater than €1m and less than €1.5m
TV Series or Serial: Production Spend in ROI per hour greater than €300,000 and less than €500,000
Micro – Production spend in Republic of Ireland less than €1m
TV Series or Serial: Production Spend in ROI per hour less than €300,000
|Student Film/Charity||No Charge|
|Henrietta Street Location Fee an additional 25% location fee per day for all production sizes.||25% daily surcharge|
Commercial filming, such as advertisements, and all filming in Dublin city parks will incur an additional hourly rate.
|FILMING TV COMMERCIALS AND ALL FILMING IN DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL PARKS (EXCLUDING PHOTO CALLS)||Hourly Rate + Vat @ current rate applies|
|Minimum charge/1st hour||€200|
Charge per hour thereafter
Maximum Charge per Day
Please note that all late applications (if accepted) will result in double the relevant application fee for all productions that do not meet the required lead-in time as outlined below.
|Content Type||Minimum Notice Period|
|Filming a single documentary or special||7 days|
|Filming a short feature||10 days|
|Filming a TV series||10 days|
|Filming marketing or advertising material||5 days|
|Filming a feature length film (Budget of €1.5 million or more)||10 days|
|Filming a feature length film (Budget less than €1.5 million)||21 days|
|Filming a web series||7 days|
|Filming a charity production or related content||7 days|
|Filming a live event or concert||10 days|
|Filming travel or tourism content||7 days|
|Filming vlogger/blogger content||7 days|
|Filming a student production||10 days|
|Filming using a drone or unmanned aircraft||7 days|
|Any other content not covered above||Please contact us to determine the minimum notice period|
Note: Non Commercial Fee Waivers can be requested from:
Location fees – Negotiable depending on location requested.
It is a requirement for the production company to inform the Office of the Garda Assistant Commissioner, Dublin Metropolitan Region, Harcourt Street headquarters of all details of filming on the street or in a public place. This includes any staging of crimes, accidents or use of firearms and special effects if they take place in the public domain.
There will be times when it is prudent to have members of AGS in attendance to ensure efficient traffic management while filming on location. A Location Manager or other designated crew member, is required to communicate with the Office of the Garda Assistant Commissioner, and Dublin City Council who will advise on the need for Garda assistance at any given film location.
Garda personnel assigned through the Office of the Garda Assistant Commissioner are at all times operating under the direction of Garda Management and not the production company that requested Garda assistance. All non-public duty Garda costs incurred will be borne by the production company. Details of all charges are available upon request from the Office of the Garda Assistant Commissioner.
Security issues relating to cast, crew, equipment and sites (i.e. sets, unit base, crew parking, stand-by vehicles parking) in use by the production company are the sole responsibility of the production company.
All scenes using real or stunt gunfire or firearms including replica, decommissioned and live weapons must have a licensed armourer on set at all times and operate in accordance with the 1925 Firearms Act, 1990 Firearms Act and all subsequent regulations.
Under section 2 of the Firearms Act, 1925, the possession, use or carriage of a firearm or ammunition by a person taking part in a theatrical performance or rehearsal or in the production of a film, requires an authorisation. This is granted by the local superintendent of the district where such performance is to take place. The local superintendent of the district will request make/model and serial firearms including replicas which should be supplied.
If using an Air soft replica weapon it will not have a serial number. They are classified as RIF’s (Realistic Imitation Firearms) in law as opposed to toys, so they cannot be used in public. Private property is fine (as long as it’s out of public site/access) DCC will ask for confirmation that the owner of the firearm including replica and RIF’s and person discharging the firearm including replica and RIF’s have sought permission local superintendent of the district.
DCC will request confirmation if the above procedure has been carried out.
If there are stunts taking place or management of traffic flow is needed then Garda supervision will also be required, in addition to permission from Dublin City Council, see Traffic Management Section for more details.
Stunts action vehicles
Permission to film on public roads must be obtained from Dublin City Council’s Roads and Traffic Department and the Office of the Garda Assistant Commissioner, Dublin Metropolitan Region, Harcourt Street headquarters. Dublin City Council may also require the applicant to notify specific local Garda Stations. The Office of the Garda Assistant Commissioner, may also instruct the applicant Production Company and relevant local Garda Station on policing requirements. The legal requirement for road closure orders must be complied with.
Permission must be sought from both Dublin City Council, Roads and Traffic Department and the Office of the Garda Assistant Commissioner for the following:
The adjustment of street lighting is normally carried out by Dublin City Council and charged to the production company. All arrangements for this work must be made through the Dublin City Council, Public Lighting Department. For more information contact:
Dublin City Council, Public Lighting Services, 61/64 Marrowbone Lane, Dublin 8.
Tel: +353 (0) 1 222 2222, Email: [email protected]
The following issues must also be considered when filming in the public domain:
In general terms filming on the public street is not protected by copyright, however, if you need to position yourself on private property to film certain shots, permission should be sought from the land owner.
It is worth bearing in mind that logos and trademarks on exteriors of buildings may be under copyright. Consent may be required if these logo’s and trademarks will be prominently featured in the content.
When filming people on a street, ideally consent should be obtained from anyone significantly featured in the film. For general view shots on streets, passers –by may be captured on camera and steps should be taken to make them aware of filming on the street by placing “filming in progress” signs in the vicinity so individuals who wish to avoid being on camera can do so.
This note is intended to be general advice only and not intended as legal advice, if you have any questions or doubts, an expert legal opinion should be sought.
The Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act 1996 governs the employment of child actors. Contact the Department Children and Youth Affairs for current guidelines and legislation.
For more information please visit: workplacerelations.ie – Employing Children – Film & Theatre
A work permit is required for an employer to employ any person who is not a national of an EU/EEA State, Switzerland or the UK, or who does not hold a current Irish passport.
It is the responsibility of the producer to make sure that all incoming personnel have the appropriate work permits and visas (if needed) prior to entering the country. Applications for Work Permits should be made to the work permits Section of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
Visa Applications should also be made where appropriate to relevant overseas Irish Consulate or Embassy.
The production company should contact Dublin City Council if the production proposes to use animals or livestock. Some animals will require additional permits from the issuing authority and/or a dedicated animal handler when on location.
For more information contact:
Animal Health and Welfare Division
4C Agriculture House, Kildare Street , Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (0) 1 607 2379, Email: [email protected]
A safety statement is your written commitment to managing safety and health in your business and how you are going to do this.
It should include:
Your safety statement (including the risk assessments) should be brought to the attention of all employees and others at the workplace that may be exposed to any risks. This should be done at least once a year, and whenever it is changed or updated. New employees should also be made aware of your safety statement, especially the sections that may affect them directly. The statement must be in a form and language that is likely to be understood.
The areas that should be covered by the Safety Statement are specific and are set out in Section 20 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. The Statement should be based on the identification of the hazards and the Risk Assessments carried out under Section 19.
The Safety Statement can refer to specific procedures contained in other documents.
Codes of Practice,
Guidance and Information Sheets where available.
Company operating instructions and procedures
What is a risk assessment?
A risk assessment is a written document that records a three-step process:
There are five important terms you need to understand when doing a risk assessment:
Hazard: Anything with the potential to cause injury or ill health, for example chemical substances, dangerous moving machinery, or threats of violence from others.
Risk: Risk is the chance that someone will be harmed by the hazard. It also takes account of how severe the harm or ill health could be and how many people could be affected. Because risk is a combination of chance (or likelihood) and severity, it is worthwhile considering both of these terms.
Chance (or likelihood): Chance is a measure of how likely it is that an accident could happen. When people are working safely there is less chance that an accident will occur. The following diagram shows how working unsafely increases the chance that someone will be harmed.
Severity: Severity is a measure of how serious an injury or health effect could be, as a consequence of unsafe working or of an accident.
The severity can be influenced by the following:
Control Measures: Control measures are simply what steps you are going to take to remove the hazards, or at least reduce the risk of them causing harm to as low a level as possible.
Step 1: Look at the hazards. The first step is to identify all the hazards in the workplace. A hazard is anything with the potential to cause injury or ill health. Within your workplace there may be several different types of hazard:
Physical hazards, such as manual handling, slip or trip hazards, poor housekeeping, fire, working at height, working with hot items, working in cold environments, driving for work or using poorly maintained equipment.
Health hazards, such as noise, vibration, unsuitable light levels, harmful dusts or stress.
Chemical hazards, such as working with common everyday products from cleaning agents, glues and correction fluids to industrial solvents, dyes, pesticides or acids.
Human factor hazards, such as bullying by or violence from other employees or members of the public.
Some hazards are obvious, such as unguarded moving parts of machinery, dangerous fumes, electricity, working at heights, moving vehicles or moving heavy loads. Less obvious, but at the root of many accidents, are hazards presented by untidy workplaces and poor maintenance. In the case of other hazards, such as excessive noise or exposure to chemicals, it may take months or even years before ill health materialises. Once you have identified the hazards, you can start to assess the risks
Step 2: Assess the risks Risk means the likelihood that someone will be harmed by a hazard, together with the severity of the harm suffered. Risk also depends on the number of people who might be exposed to the hazard.
In assessing the risk, you should estimate:
There are various methods for carrying out risk assessment which comply with the legal requirements.
Choose one which best suits your organisation
The simplest way to quantify the risk is low, medium or high:
Low risk: This is where the likelihood of an accident occurring is low and the severity is low. For example, intermittent work on a computer where the workstation is well laid out is unlikely to result in any harm to the user.
Medium risk: As the level of likelihood and severity increases, a hazard may be assessed as a medium risk. For example, manual handling of heavy loads without mechanical aids. You should use control measures to reduce these hazards to low risk.
High risk: You should focus on high risk hazards first, as there is a likelihood that an accident could occur and if it does then there could be serious injuries, ill health or death. For example, vehicles reversing where pedestrians / members of the public are walking. When assessing the risk, it is important to consider who may be exposed to a specific hazard.
Apart from direct employees, think about the people who may not be in the workplace all the time, for example:
Where the public access your premises as part of the services you supply, you will need to assess the hazards that they are exposed to. Hazards could vary from slips, trips and falls to unauthorised entry to dangerous areas.
You may also need to consider vulnerable groups for which you may need to put in place additional control measures.
These vulnerable groups may include:
Once you have looked at the hazards in your workplace and identified the level of risk, you are ready to start the final step of the process: deciding the control measures.
LOW MEDIUM HIGH LOW MEDIUM HIGH LOW MEDIUM HIGH
Decide on the control measures Common sense tells us that life cannot be totally risk free. However, employers are required to do all that is reasonably practicable to minimise the risk of injury.
Employers will have done all that is reasonably practicable if they have:
Your first approach should be to eliminate the hazard from your workplace. Clearly if you get rid of a hazard, then you are making it safer for you and your employees. If you cannot eliminate a hazard then the next step is to try a safer approach.
Name of Assessor:
Date & Time of Assessment:
Present on site:
Name of person responsible for Health and Safety: _________________________
Risk Factor Rating (High, Medium, Low)
Those at Risk
Filming often requires the use of potentially hazardous equipment and or materials and the use of such equipment requires mandatory specialist training, induction and monitoring processes. Dublin City Council requires that certain precautions are taken to ensure the safety of everyone on and around the filming site.
Temporary structures may include, but not be limited to, raised seating areas, large tents, marquees, stage sets, sound towers, camera platforms, film sets, elevated screens, etc.
A temporary structure may also include the temporary use of an existing structure not normally used for this purpose or not known to be suitable for the temporary use. Also included are modifications to existing structures for a temporary use, or the use of existing structures to support banners, signage, lighting etc., or the application of unusually high loads to existing structures during the construction or dismantling periods (e.g. crane bases, forklifts).
|Temporary Structure||Receiving Dept.||Due Date|
Structural detail to include
Building Control Division
Block 4, Floor 2
|28 days prior to filming|
|The certificate from the structural engineer in relation to the erection of temporary structures|
Building Control Division
Block 4, Floor 2
Wood Quay Dublin 8
|24 hours prior to filming commencing|
Please see Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963 (Exempted Development) Regulations, 1964 for further information on temporary structures.
The Production Company should engage a Chartered Structural Engineer at the outset to advise on all matters relating to temporary structures. The duties of this Engineer should include:
Good relations are the cornerstone of the film industry and all measures should be taken by each cast and crew member to maintain these good relations when filming on location. Filmmakers should remember that they are visitors at the location and businesses and residents comfort should be a priority for the production. Members of the public should be treated with courtesy and consideration at all times.
Ordinary traffic cones have no legal force to secure parking and their use must be agreed with Dublin City Council and An Garda Síochána.
When filming in the public domain it is paramount that the filming location and all surrounding areas are restored to the same condition that they were found in prior to any filming activities once filming and derig is complete.
Dublin’s waste strategy goals are summarised by the EU waste hierarchy pyramid, which stresses that a new approach to managing waste is required to lead to more sustainable waste management. The strategy is to place emphasis on prevention, minimisation, reuse, recycling and recovery of energy in order to end the over-reliance on landfill disposal.
The film and television industry traditionally creates a vast amount of waste; we would encourage production companies to consult The Green Production Guide when managing waste on location, steps should be taken to:
Filmmakers are guests on a location and must treat both public and private property with respect, production companies should ensure that:
If you require clarification or further information on anything covered on this page please reach out and contact us!
Civic Offices • Wood Quay, Dublin 8, D08 RF3F, Ireland
Phone: (+353) 01 222 2222 • Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm