Apply for a Film Classification

How to classify your film

Films that are to be shown to a public audience must be given a classification rating.

If you're a film maker or promoter, you can apply to either:

  • The British Board of Film Classification.
  • The local authority for the area where the film is being shown.

Making an application

To apply for the classification or reclassification of a film to be shown in the borough of Oxford City, you must make your request in writing at least 20 working days before the film is to be shown.

We can only guarantee a film will be classified in time for it to be screened if it receives the request within the 20 working day period.  Please note that any classification of a film made by us is only applicable when the film is shown in the borough of Oxford City.

You must:

  • provide a written synopsis of the film via email or letter to the address detailed below;
  • provide a DVD copy of the film or a secure online link to the film so it can be viewed on a website.

Where to send your film

Your DVD should be sent to:

Licensing Team
Oxford City Council
Town Hall

To provide an online link to the film or further information, please email


Please be advised that the fee for this service is £8.00 per 15 minutes and £8.00 for the film classification certificate that we issue once the film has been certified.

Payments can be made by way of a cheque payable to Oxford City Council or by card payment. Please supply telephone contact information in your correspondence so we can call you to take the necessary payment.