Filming Permit

Hamilton's Film By-law No. 09-179 provides a framework for all filming in the Hamilton except for press purposes. It was created to control location filming to ensure the safety and comfort of residents, business people and motorists.The purpose of the by-law is to restrict filming without a valid permit issued by the City.

When to apply

  • You must apply at least 10 business days before you plan to begin filming.
  • You must apply at least 30 days in advance if the filming:
    • involves a road closure
    • includes hazardous activity­­
    • requires Council approval

Apply for a Filming Permit

To apply for a Filming Permit, you must:

Public notification and community engagement

As per By-Law 09-179, a notice must be delivered not less than 5 business days in advance of filming. This notice should include the following information about the filming event:

  • the location
  • date and time
  • the name and number of this By-law
  • the telephone number of the Hamilton Film Office
  • other information as required

Who needs to be notified? All affected homes, businesses, institutions, Business Improvement Areas, business associations or neighbourhood groups.

Notification templates

Contact the Hamilton Film Office for more information and to discuss specific requirements.