Filming and Photography at HOTA

HOTA is one of the best destinations for filming and photography on the Gold Coast. It’s also an incredibly busy precinct. To ensure a harmonious mix of visitors, events, filming and photography at all times, those looking to film or take photos onsite must receive prior approval.

City of Gold Coast issue permits to those wishing to film/take photos with the HOTA Parklands. If you wish to conduct a photo or film shoot in the Precinct, please complete this form.

The only exceptions are:

  • If you have booked the venue as a venue hire for a confirmed event or performance at HOTA, you do not need to complete the form.
  • News outlets doing short weather or news crosses do not need to complete this form but should contact for approval to film onsite.

Essential Information

Timeframes, terms and guidelines
Please allow a minimum of ten working days for your application to be processed. Please also make sure that you have read HOTAs filming and photography terms and conditions; commercial or non-commercial film and photo shoot guidelines, depending on the nature of your shoot.

Drones/Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)
HOTA does not allow recreational or commercial drones (RPAS) to be flown at the precinct.

Blackout periods
Please note that due to crowd numbers, shoots may not be approved during public holidays, school holidays or major events in the Parklands. It is recommended that wherever possible, you schedule your shoot outside of these times.

For further information
Please contact us at

  • Accepted file types: jpg, png, pdf.
    Please upload a copy of your public liability insurance certificate. It must have a minimum value of AUD$20 million.
  • Note: When choosing your dates, please consult our website to ensure that there are no major events planned on the same day as your proposed shoot.
    Note: Onsite vehicle access is strictly limited and at the discretion of HOTA security and operations staff. Non-essential vehicles will not be permitted to park in certain areas.