Step-by-step guide to filming in Toronto
Scene 1: Film Permit Application
- Create your request for a permit by completing a PDF version of the Location Filming Permit Application form. It can be saved on your computer and e-mailed to email@example.com.
- Film students should list their schools as the Film Company on the application.
- Refer to the sample application form for detailed instructions.
- Note: Film permits cover parking for production vehicles only, not crew vehicles.
Scene 2: Insurance Certificate
- Have your production company or insurance broker email a PDF file of your insurance certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- View information about insurance requirements.
- We can not issue a permit until the insurance certificate has been received.
- Students producing films as part of their school curriculum are covered under the school's insurance policy. Check with your school's risk management or the TFTO.
Scene 3: Production Information
- You must submit a Production information Form with your application submission.
Scene 4: Letter of Notification
- Prepare and submit your Letter of Notification to the TFTO for review and approval before being circulated to residents/businesses where filming is proposed to take place.
- View a checklist and a sample letter for details to include in your letter of notification.
- Please submit your letters of notification to email@example.com.
Scene 5: Permits issued
- A film officer will review your application and advise you of any conflicts, concerns or if further notification is required i.e. Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) or neighbourhood associations.
- Permits are generally ready the day prior to filming. Most permits can be emailed (unless red cards are needed) or picked up in person.
- All permits must be signed by an employee of the film company and a Film Office staff member to be valid.
- The location filming permit will be accompanied by a specific predetermined number of red location filming vehicle cards.
- Red cards should be clearly displayed in the window of each production vehicle for the duration of the shoot, along with the parking page(s) of the permit.
- To obtain the red cards the location manager may be requested to submit a list of their production vehicle requirements to the TFTO.