As a Hamilton Resident, Tenant, or Business Owner, you may interact with production companies filming here in the City.
Here you will find information to help you when working with the Film Industry.
We cannot help you decide whether to use your house for filming or recommend how much to charge the production company. This is between you and the production company.
We can confirm the legitimacy of:
- a production
- a production company
the location manager
All filming that takes place in the City of Hamilton must abide by Film By-law No. 09-179 (PDF, 518 KB), which was created to control location filming to ensure the safety and comfort of residents, business people, and motorists.
Film productions recognize that they are guests in your neighbourhood and work directly with residents and businesses to resolve concerns. Should you have a concern about filming in your neighbourhood, we encourage you to contact the production’s Location Manager as a first step. Location Managers are typically onsite or have contact with crews working onsite who are able to respond to your concern. Contact details for Location Managers are listed on the filming notification letter, or you could consider approaching a crew member and asking them to have the Location Manager contact you.
The Location Manager is the member of the production responsible for managing the site during filming and minimizing impacts to the community. It is important that they are made aware of any issues or concerns so that these can be resolved quickly.
The Hamilton Film Office also assists with complaint resolution and questions about productions. If you have any concerns about filming in your neighbourhood, contact the Hamilton Film Office at 905-546-4233 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that our phones are monitored Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and calls/emails are returned within 48 business hours of your enquiry.
Register Your Property for Filming
You can register your property with the Ontario Creates if you would like your property used for filming.
Has A Production Company Asked to Film on Your Property?
Here is a list of potential questions to ask / topics to cover when a production company requests to film at your property:
Dates of filming
- Which dates will the production be filming on your property with all of their cast, crew and equipment?
- Are there any days needed for preparation (set dressing)? If so, how many?
- Once filming has concluded, how much time will be needed to clean up and restore locations to their original state?
- What modifications to the site will be required?
- Ask for a damage deposit: to be provided via certified cheque which is held, uncashed, and then returned to the production company once the filming is completed and both parties are satisfied that the site has been returned to its original or agreed upon state.
- How many film production personnel will be involved during filming, preparation, and clean up?
- How many and what types of vehicles require parking on your property?
Fees & insurance
- Location fees need to be negotiated and once this has been agreed upon, ask for payment of the fee in advance.
- Ask for your property to be named as the additional insured on the production company’s insurance policy. The property owner should request proof of the production company’s general liability insurance
- Best practice is to have one designated site representative identified as the main point of contact for the production company and to be present at all times. This person should be familiar with the property and be able to control alarms, electrical panels, etc. as appropriate. If required, the cost of this person can be charged back to the production company.
Activities prior to filming
Prior to finally choosing the location, the will be two or three site visits with various personnel. They will take photos and discuss the scenes they will shoot to determine if the site will work for their scene. It is during these visits that rules, regulations and limitations for your site need to be outlined and addressed. Once your site is chosen, a technical survey will take place (usually 25 to 50 people in attendance) that will cover all of the details required for the filming days.
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