Parking & Unit Bases

Parking Bay supensions

Bristol City Council can arrange for the suspension of certain on-street parking bays and car park bays around the city. Arrangements are made directly to Bristol City Council Parking Services team who will process and fulfill the request. Click the button below to be taken to the application form.


Please read our Parking Suspension Guidelines before submitting a request for suspensions.


Standard suspension (for productions looking to reserve specific bays for one day only)

Pay & Display Bays£22 per vehicle, per day
Limited Waiting Bay and Residents Parking Zone£30 per bay or part of

‘No Waiting’ cones supplied by Bristol City Council Parking Services will be placed in specific bays at the beginning of each day of the suspension and picked up at the end of each day.

Multiple Days suspension (a more cost-effective option for productions that require particular parking bays for more than one day)

£15 per bay, per day +one-off £30 coning fee

The cones will be placed in specific bays on the first day of the suspension and picked up after the film crew have finished. The film company will need to be in place to protect the cones throughout the period of the suspension in order to ensure bays are not taken by members of the public.

Multiple Locations suspension:

£15 per vehicle, per day

No cones required, the vehicle would be able to park in any available space in multiple locations throughout the city. A permit will be issued via email to be printed off and displayed in the front windscreen of the vehicle. Please note spaces are not guaranteed and no refunds will apply if parking spaces are not available.

Unrestricted Highways

£30 per street, per day

Productions can arrange to suspend sections of unrestricted highway. Please note that these suspensions are non-enforceable and Bristol City Council Parking Services is unable to remove any vehicles that are parked in the section of road required before cones are placed or throughout the duration of the suspension period. Productions requiring guaranteed allocation of parking bays on unrestricted areas of the highway may prefer to apply for a road closure as an alternative. For more information on road closures see

Yellow Lines

Where it is necessary for an essential vehicle (e.g. generator, lighting van) to park on a single or double yellow line the production company must notify Parking Services at least 3 working days prior to the date required.  We will notify the Civil Enforcement Officers of the situation. If coning is required a £30 charge per street will apply. Parking Services will always require a suspension request even if no cones are needed, as permission to park on yellow lines is always required. Parking Services reserve the right to ask film companies to move their vehicles if they are causing problems to traffic flow or causing a major obstruction.

Ring-go Cashless Parking

RingGo, a mobile phone application that enables people to pay for parking by credit or debit card over their phone, is available across Bristol. Film crews scouting in the city may find this a more convenient method than paying with cash at the meter as it means you don’t need to carry large amounts of small change; once you’ve used the system once subsequent payments can be made in just a couple of minutes and you can set up a business account to avoid having to claim back for your parking


The production company must provide Bristol City Council Parking Services with a purchase order number for the full cost of the parking suspensions being requested. Parking Services is unable to approve any suspension requests without a relevant purchase order number. The production company will receive an invoice from Bristol City Council Parking Services for the appropriate charges after the shoot has taken place. All prices quoted are exclusive of VAT – this will be added to all applicable invoices at the current rate of 20%. VAT is currently only applicable to off-street parking suspension requests (e.g. Car Parks). Any suspension request for on-street parking is not subject to VAT.

As Parking Services will raise invoices at the end of each month we recommended that those productions that will make multiple parking requests in the same month should provide one purchase order to cover each production month’s parking costs.

Parking Services reserve the right to charge for any lost cones.

Unit Bases

There are a number of unit bases in the city, some are council managed and booked through Bristol Film Office. Others are privately owned and can be found on the locations database.

The two sites bookable through Bristol Film Office are:

Lloyds Amphitheatre

Church Lodge Car Park

To apply for permission to hire a unit base please visit our Filming Permits page. We hold information about other possible bases in the city. please contact us if you would like more information.

Costs for unit base hire are as follows:

Hire per 24 hours (full unit)Hire per 24 hours (half unit)Exclusive use per 24 hours (applies to Church Lodge car park only)