Hire of Police for Intermittent Traffic Control (ITC) in connection with location filming


Co-ordinating Authority: The Film Services Office, Create Hong Kong

Inquiry Contact: 40/F, Revenue Tower, 5 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Tel: 2594 5759 Fax: 2824 0595

Email: fso@createhk.gov.hk Website: www.fso.createhk.gov.hk

The Mechanism:

  • Control Subject Matter:
    • Production companies wishing to carry out location filming that involves the hire of police in the control of traffic flows at intervals should submit applications to the Film Services Office (FSO). The applications will be circulated to the Hong Kong Police Force, Transport Department, and other relevant Government departments where appropriate for comment. The FSO will inform the applicant of the result of the application. If the application is approved, the Public Relations Wing (PR) will inform the applicant of the charges to cover the cost of police officer(s) providing assistance to control the traffic for the filming and related transportation fees.
    • The applicant will be asked to obtain from PR the letter of payment to be paid in 2 working days.
  • Conditions to observe:
    • The film crew is required to comply with the condition(s) imposed for the filming by the relevant Government departments. The FSO will inform the applicant of the conditions in writing.
    • Hires in connection with ITC for location filming shall be undertaken on the basis of:
      • A minimum of 2 hours; and
      • For every 3 police constables hired, 1 officer of the rank of sergeant shall additionally be hired.

How to Apply:

  • Applicants are advised to study the “Guidelines on Filming Involving Lane Closure” before tendering applications.
  • Complete an application form and submit it to the FSO at least 14 working days prior to the intended filming with a street plan on the details of the temporary traffic arrangements required, including the lane(s) to be closed and the traffic direction, the location(s) for ITC, the number of ITC required, the number and locations of picture vehicles and production vehicles and the parking arrangement, warning signs to be provided, scenes to be shot, etc.
  • If the application is approved, PR will issue a letter of payment to the applicant for payment. Upon receipt of a letter of payment in person, the applicant should pay the charges at the Shroff Office of Finance Division of the Hong Kong Police Force in 2 working days.
  • Change of filming date or venue will be treated as a new application, except the change is made due to inclement weather.
Note : Hire of police as guard duties or film extras is not allowed.

Application Fees:

(Minimum hiring period: 2 hours; each subsequent charge will be calculated on a half-hourly basis. The hire period will commence at the time the officers leave their station and will continue until the time of their return to the station.)

  • Staff Cost:
    • $359/ hour per Constable
    • $562/ hour per Sergeant
    • $802/ hour per Inspectorate Officer
  • Transportation Cost:
    • $78/ hour per motorcycle
    • $81/ hour per medium car
    • $142/ hour per large car
    • Tunnel toll fee(s) will be charged where appropriate
  • Cancellation of Filming:
    • No charges will be levied on unsuccessful applications.
    • Cancellation fees will be levied on the following scale:
      1. 3 or more working days notice prior to filming: No charge
      2. 2 working days notice prior to filming: 50% of the hire cost
      3. Less than 2 working days notice prior to filming: 100% of the hire cost

Duration of ITC: As stated in the reply letter

Form Required: Application form and guidelines can be downloaded from FSO’s website at www.fso.createhk.gov.hk.