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Plan Your Shoot

​Before you submit your Production Information Sheet and Permit Application, we encourage you to contact staff in the Film Office to discuss your plans.

The Ontario Film Commission's Digital Locations Library and Ontario Production Guide can help you source Chatham-Kent locations and businesses.  It's important to let us know which local products and services you take advantage of so that we can share the positive impacts of your production. When filming in Chatham-Kent we also ask that you take into consideration residents, businesses, and safety.

Consideration for the Community

Filming should not negatively affect the local community. This includes (but is not limited to) spill-over lighting, exhaust fumes or noise that may affect their ability to enjoy their property or conduct their business. Consider the following when filming in Chatham-Kent:

  • You must comply with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Noise by-law 
  • Lighting for filming must not face neighbouring residences.
  • All generators used on streets or in public areas must be equipped with silencing attachments unless otherwise approved.
  • Filming between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am is not permitted in residential areas. If you need to film at this time, you may require approval from affected residents, occupants, businesses, and Municipal staff. If you receive approval to film during this time, you must notify residents.
  • Minimize the disruption to residents, occupants, businesses, and Municipal services. You must allow pedestrian and vehicular traffic access to all properties.
  • Every effort must be made to ensure that people with special needs are not inconvenienced. For example, accommodating vehicles with disabled parking permits.

Business Improvement Areas (BIAs)

If you plan on filming in a Business Improvement Area (BIA), please notify the Film Office as early as possible. Staff will provide BIA contact information to facilitate notification to the BIAs.

Staff will confirm if your proposed filming will take place in a BIA, and you will be required to give the BIA executive directors and key contacts a copy of your notification letter before you hand them out to the community.

Health & Safety

You must adhere to all applicable statutes, regulations, by-laws, policies, manuals, and guidelines to ensure the safety of the production cast and crew and the public, including but not limited to:


Plan accordingly based on the minimum required lead times shown below. Minimum required lead time refers to the minimum number of business days (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm) before the first parking or filming date (whichever comes first).

Providing extra lead time beyond the minimum requirements, if possible, allows the Film Office to better collaborate with internal partners to coordinate your request. Late requests will be considered but the Film Office cannot guarantee that late requests can be accommodated.

Type of Request Who to Contact Minimum Required Lead Time
Film PermitFilm Office3 business days
Revisions to a Film PermitFilm Office3 business days
SPFX, Dangerous Filming, Fire Effects,
Display Fireworks, Pyrotechnics
Chatham-Kent Police Service Paid Duty Office 
and/or Chatham-Kent Fire & Rescue Office
15 business days
Paid Duty ServicesChatham-Kent Police Service Paid Duty Office10 business days
Paid Standby Fire Truck and CrewChatham-Kent Fire & Rescue Office15 business days
Intermittent Traffic Control (ITCs)Film Office10 business days (depending on size/location)
Temporary Road ClosureFilm Office10 business days
Alter, Remove or Control Traffic SignsFilm Office10 business days
Control Street Lighting (only available with ITCs or Temporary Road Closure)
Film Office10 business days
Parking in a Municipal Lot or at Parking MetresFilm Office10 business days
Filming at or Inside a Municipally-owned FacilityFilm Office10 business days

NOTE: We reserve the right to refuse filming if you do not follow these guidelines. This includes production companies or individuals who have not followed the guidelines in the past.