Filming and Photography Policy

The Harris (Belmont) Charity do not permit photography or filming on its property for commercial use or for reproduction in any form without consent.

Images taken on the Belmont Estate may not be sold commercially, submitted to photo libraries, agencies or on-line providers, or provided directly to image buyers or used for reproduction on merchandise or for marketing purposes without consent. A fee or location licence may be required.

If it is found that photographers have done so without permission, they will be asked to remove their images from their site until charges in accordance with Belmont location permit fees have been met.

Legal action could follow if required or deemed necessary given the exposure and/or use of the location photography.

All requests for permission to undertake commercial photography of any kind at Belmont should in the first instance be referred to

Press Photography

With the exception of organised press events at Belmont, all requests for access to Belmont House & Gardens for press photography should be directed to

Drone Photography Policy

Current CAA legislation states that drones are not permitted to be flown within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft. The aircraft should not be flown within 50 metres of any person except during take-off or landing or within 30 metres of any person except for the person in charge of the aircraft.

The use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone is not permitted on or over Belmont House & Gardens or Estate without prior written approval. On approval to fly, then the following conditions with apply.

  • Operators must hold current and valid evidence of CAA qualifications
  • A risk assessment for the proposed flight
  • Evidence of valid insurance policy compliant with EC 785/2004
  • A flight plan for the proposed flight
  • A method statement outlining what equipment will be used and a flight plan outlining where flying is proposed
  • No flight over persons outside of your control
  • Flights must be kept within visual line of sight (VLOS)

All drone operators and fliers must also provide details of their Drone Registration Identification numbers.

Please note: For all commercial and personal filming, drone flying will be treated as a commercial hire and the appropriate fees will apply.

Review of this Policy

This Policy was last reviewed in October 2023.