Oidhreacht Éireann

A large number of our sites make ideal filming backdrops.

Filming & Photography Application Form

If the site you wish to enquire about is not on the list, you are welcome to contact us.

Filming and/or photography at a National Monument or historic site can only take place with prior written permission issued through your OPW liaison contact.

Timeframes

The length of time required to plan a piece of filming and issue permissions will vary based on the details and complexity of your proposal.

Please go to Timeframes for guidelines.

Requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis taking into account factors such as likely visitor numbers, existing scheduled events, planned maintenance work and site-specific sensitivities such as access, masonry, or wildlife habitats.

Fees & Remediation Deposits

Depending on the nature of your filming and desired location, fees will be charged in accordance with our Fees Schedule.

Additional charges may be applicable depending on your requirements. For example, the cost to OPW Heritage Services of providing additional staffing to supervise your filming or loss of admissions income if the site needs to close to visitors.

Should we judge that your filming poses a risk of damage to an OPW heritage site, a refundable remediation deposit will be required prior to commencement of filming. The level of deposit and responsibility for before and after conditions surveys will be negotiated prior to permissions being issued, based on severity of potential damage. This may be as simple as taking photographs of the ground conditions before and after or may be more complex according to the details of your filming. If no damage occurs the full deposit will be refunded to you by an agreed date at the end of the filming.

Cancellation Fee: Once filming arrangements have been confirmed and your Permission Letter issued, cancellation will incur a charge of half the agreed fee. Cancellation with less than 48 hours’ notice will be charged the full agreed fee. 

Non-return of a signed Letter of Permission will be deemed as a Cancellation and appropriate fees will apply.

Certain themes of filming/photography will not be accommodated.

Political – The Office of Public Works remains politically neutral.  As such, filming of a political nature will not be permitted whatsoever.

Paranormal filming – The OPW does not promote the use of its sites for the investigation of alleged paranormal activity and we do not allow activities that might damage the integrity of the site.

Inappropriate filming – Requests for filming that are deemed unsuitable insofar as they do not align with the organisation’s objectives or are considered to be blasphemous, salacious or derogatory in nature.

Product or Service promotion – It is not the policy of Heritage Services of the Office of Public Works to promote any product or service for commercial purposes and the use of National Monument sites for this purpose will not be facilitated.

Promotional Filming

OPW Heritage Services defines filming as Promotional, where our organisation and our sites are being directly promoted as places to visit, as opposed to media exposure only.

Filming commissioned by Irish tourism partners may be considered as Promotional, depending on content.

Filming for factual, non-dramatised productions with a primary focus on the history of a site(s) may be classed as Promotional Filming, but this is at our discretion and can be further discussed at the time of application

Promotional Filming will typically only be considered under the following parameters, to reduce impact on site(s):

Drone Filming

The use of UAVs/drones is prohibited at all OPW Heritage sites.

The Application Process

Student Filming Requests for Educational Projects

A nominal administrative fee of €50 will be charged for facilitating your project if additional staffing is required either to provide access to the site outside normal opening hours or to specifically supervise the filming.

Permission granted and acknowledgements/ copyright

All images used of OPW heritage sites must be acknowledged as follows:

Images courtesy of the Office of Public Works

OPW must be credited in the production titles for their assistance in the making of the programme/film/series and the OPW mark included where possible.

A copy of footage filmed must be made available to OPW on request.

Privacy Notice

All information requested is for the sole purpose of processing your application. We do not collect personal information for commercial marketing or distribution to private organisations. It may be necessary from time to time to pass your contact information on to trusted third parties in order to assist with the processing of your application, such as our statutory agency partners, e.g. An Garda Siochána, as long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential.

Access to any non-public personal information that you provide will be restricted to only those employees who need to know that information to process your application.

It is our policy to retain collected information for a five-year period after which your information will be disposed of securely.

Contact our Data Protection Officer on dpo@opw.ie

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