Filming Outside of Social Hours in Residential and Commercial Areas

Social hours

There are various permissions and considerations to film outside of social hours in residential and commercial areas in the City of Hull.

Unsocial hours or night filming refers to any filming activities which take place between 10pm and 8am.

The key to successful working outside social hours is effective consultation with those people affected by the work. When considering night filming in residential and commercial areas it is essential to consult with local residents and businesses in the planning process. Adequate time must be allowed for this. A full breakdown of what is needed can be found online.

Residents who have legitimate objections can result in your application being declined. Residents and traders who are left inconvenienced and unhappy following a shoot may result in an area becoming difficult to film in the future.

Depending on the nature of filming and location, we may need a deposit to ensure and safeguard against -

  • noise and nuisance
  • reinstatement works
  • cleansing
  • damage
  • or staff costs to supervise
  • or assist any other circumstances

when filming takes place in residential and business areas.

In all instances our events team and ESAG must be briefed and informed in advance working to the following guidelines and best practice -

  • any activity outside of social hours, including filming, is subject to the Environmental Protection Act (1990) regarding noise and nuisance. A legitimate complaint about noise or nuisance from a resident to us can result in the termination of the shoot and confiscation of equipment or withdrawal of the filming permit. It is advisable to shoot all scenes requiring noise above conversational level before 10pm.
  • night shoots in residential areas should be finished and de-rigged by no later than 11pm, unless prior permission has been granted by us and the residents have been consulted, and no objections have been received
  • noise should be kept to a minimum
  • all options should be explored to keep noise from generators to a minimum. This includes baffling and the use of silent generators
  • in instances where de-rigging of noisy equipment or heavy vehicles cannot be removed silently at the end of filming, they must be left ‘in situ’ and attended overnight by security. Should this happen, our events team must be informed
  • technical vehicles must be parked in sensible locations which will not disturb residents
  • all crew should use covert kits with their walkie talkies
  • earplugs should be made available to residents and traders if required
  • black out material should be made available to residents if required. There should be staff available to assist those residents that are not able to put up or take down the blackout material