Wedding Photography in Melbourne City – Permits and By-Laws for Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers Melbourne City and CBD district have had a startling revelation recently. The Melbourne City Council, as well as South Melbourne Police made some points concerning wedding photography in their respective precincts. The following wedding photography Melbourne specific information was made available to us via the Wedding Car Association of Victoria.

Wedding photographers planning to engage in wedding photography Melbourne, are asked to direct their attention to specific directives which concern them. A brief outline of these appears below, and it should be mentioned that Melbourne council officers and the police can – and will enforce these rules.

Wedding Photography Melbourne City – Monday to Friday

Wedding Photography is no longer permitted in most lanes within the Melbourne City Central Business District, during weekdays. Wedding photographers have been the cause of a growing number of complaints to Melbourne Council. Wedding photography has interfered with people going about their daily business within the city precinct.

Weekend Wedding Photography Melbourne City and Central Business District

Wedding Photography is no longer permitted in most lanes within the Melbourne City Central Business District before 1pm Saturdays.

Wedding Car Drivers, who might have been tolerated by Council officers and Police (were they ever tolerant to anyone?) will have hefty fines issued (and lose demerit points if booked by the police) without initial warning or caution. It goes without saying that wedding photographers conducting photography in Melbourne will be subject to the same remedial action. It seems the times – and methods of professional wedding photography- are a changing! Once the professional wedding photographers got in and got out, with the shots captured in moments – not minutes or many minutes –  a friendly nod or wave, was all you needed to get you the time you needed.

(Perhaps it takes longer now, because new school wedding photographers need to check the pic with the review button and LCD screen – my goodness how would they cope if they were shooting transparency film – with a minimum of 3 days’ delay before results could be seen?)

In particular, the areas of concern are within and around:

  • Flinders Lane
  • Hosier Lane
  • Market Street
  • Bond Street
  • Duckboard Place
  • All lanes fronting onto Flinders Lane, Lt Collins St, Lt Bourke St
  • Federation Square
  • City Square
  • All “No Standing” areas
  • All “No Parking” areas.

Heavy fines will be given without warning to drivers. If Police are issuing fines, drivers will also lose demerit points.

As a person planning a wedding in Melbourne City or intending to visit Melbourne City for the purpose of having wedding photos taken, it is imperative that you factor in the extra time that finding a legitimate parking spot takes, Keep in mind that you will need to make your way from the car park to the city streets for wedding photography, then back to your wedding car again.