Filming in the House of Lords

If you want to film in the House of Lords

You should submit requests for permission to Black Rod’s office at least 48 hours before you wish to film.

Requests to film will usually be granted, but you need to explain what you want to film, why, how and when it will be used. 

Other points to note

You also need to be aware of the following:

If you want to broadcast live, we will need you to explain why a live broadcast is necessary.

We are particularly careful about granting permission to film meetings that involve external audiences which are arranged by individual Members.

There are parts of the building in which we won’t usually allow filming unless there is a very good reason for doing so. These are:

  • the Lords Chamber
  • the division lobbies
  • the visitor route when it’s open to the public
  • the Lords Library
  • refreshment outlets
  • the Royal Gallery
  • the Robing Room.

We don’t allow filming for advertising or commercial purposes, for cinema or for television dramas.

You also need Black Rod’s permission to take photographs, record sound, paint, sketch, or to make a documentary about the House of Lords as an institution.

A Member of the House of Lords or a designated House of Lords official will need to be present when you are filming.

If you want to film in a Member’s office, you only need permission to do so from the room’s occupants.

Filming in the House of Commons

If you wish to film in the House of Commons, you need to request permission from House of Commons Events.

  • Telephone: +44 (0) 207 219 3090.