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How We Work

Whether you’re shooting a low budget feature, a short, a commercial or a major drama series, we’ll always do our best to accommodate you.

Our bureaucracy-free approach means we’ve been able to help productions with notice periods as long as six months or as short as six hours.

In exchange for this level of flexibility, we expect incoming product companies to be fully co-operative and highly courteous to our residents and visitors.  In the first instance, we’ll always need:

  • A shooting schedule
  • Evidence of risk assessment
  • A copy of your Public Liability Insurance

If you require parking permits, please provide us with details of all the vehicles including make, colour and registration number.  You should inform us of any special parking needs but be aware that some areas of Hastings & St Leonards are more difficult to park in than others (for example – there is a weight restriction on the promenade).


Because of the vast array of locations available in Hastings/St Leonards and the differing needs of productions, our fees are variable and based on:

  • The extent to which your production will disrupt ordinary day-to-day activity in the town
  • The demands it makes on key council services (e.g. the Communications & Marketing team, Parking Services, Highways, etc.)
  • The nature of your production.

In the first instance, it’s often quicker and easier to discuss your requirements with Film Liaison.

When making a location fee payment you can either send us a cheque (payable to Hastings Borough Council) and we’ll issue a receipt or we can send you an invoice on receipt of your company name, address and phone number.




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