THE V&A offers a one-stop-shop service for obtaining permissions within the V&A precinct. This means that the production company completes a single application form, and the V&A will facilitate all necessary permissions from within the site. Applications must be received during V&A Waterfront office hours i.e.: Monday to Friday 08h00 to 17h00 and are available on the V&A Waterfront website on www.waterfront.co.za.
Productions shooting in tenanted space will require additional permits from the relevant tenant; the V&A can facilitate access to the correct contact people as required.
The V&A Waterfront is a privately owned and managed facility. The V&A Management therefore must regulate filming / photographic activities that balance the industry’s production needs with those of other users, including residents, visitors and businesses across the 123 hectare site. This is managed through a formal permit process.
A permit is required from the V&A for ANY filming / photographing across the V&A site, including news media, student teams and / or charitable productions – although the process may be different for each subsector.
- “Film” means “Motion picture, television, still photography” and includes all activity attendant to staging or shooting commercial motion pictures, television shows or programs, and commercials in any medium including film, tape or digital format.
- “Charitable films” means commercials, motion pictures, television, videotapes, or still photography produced by a nonprofit organization. No person, directly or indirectly, shall receive a profit from the marketing and production of the film or from showing the films, tapes, or photos.
- “News Media” means the photographing, filming or videotaping for the purpose of spontaneous, unplanned television news broadcast or reporting for print media by reporters, photographers or cameramen.
Please note: The filming or videotaping of motion pictures solely for private-family-tourist use does not require a permit.
The permit process allows the V&A to monitor impacts and ensure the on-going availability of locations throughout the year.
The V&A Waterfront will not grant permission for the use of drones or any remotely piloted aircraft for any filming activity within its precinct.
The V&A Waterfront is a restricted environment that is within 10km radius of a nearby airport and is also a base for civilian helicopter operations, with private property and commercial buildings as well as a public spaces and subscribes to the regulations as stipulated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).
Legally accepted guidelines can be found on the SACAA website on the link http://www.caa.co.za
Given the broad scope of business activities at the V&A Waterfront, Permit Applications in the V&A may require the following approvals:
- Security (including roads, cctv)
- Harbour Master
- Specific Tenants
- Residents Groups
- V&A Marketing
- Commercial Development / Construction
All the above is to be directed to the Permit Office & not to the various divisions directly.
Activities requiring approval include, amongst other things, construction of sets or facades, the use of fire, firearms (blank shots) or pyrotechnics, the use of animals.
Filming / photographing at sea or in the harbor will always require permission.
It is therefore advisable for film / photographic companies to liaise with the V&A Permit Office at an early stage to ensure prompt facilitation regarding the range of approvals required and the identification of the relevant authority.