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The City of Brantford publishes information to help with planning special public events. While not all special event requirements apply to filming projects in Brantford, this is a useful reference for procedures involving road closures, police support, City venue rentals, pyrotechnics, and catered food arrangements. Review this page for complete information and updates to some of the required elements when planning local filming.

Permits and Approvals

The table below identifies areas that may apply to required permits and approvals for film-makers working on projects in Brantford. Use this table to help plan your project and navigate local regulations and processes. Our staff are also available to support your production in Brantford.

Note that many of the timelines relate to larger public events. Speak to a member of our team to get more accurate timeframes for your production. Please provide as much lead time as possible to ensure your production goes smoothly.

Filming Checklist

Item

Application / Resource Cost Ranges

Approximate Lead Time

Notes

Road / Lane / Sidewalk Occupancy

Depending upon the extent and duration of filming, costs may include compensation to business owners for lost traffic / revenue.

As much lead time as possible (see note).

The Special Events Standard notes that 90 days notice is required for applications. Timeframes may be shorter depending upon the location and extent of the closure(s). View the City's special public events page for related information.

City Venue Rentals

Varies by facility. Note that a $1,000 per day fee applies to filming at City Parks and Recreation lands/facilities.

Depends upon availability and varies by facility.

Facilities such as pools and rinks often require additional time to accommodate local sports and activity schedules. View the City's special public events page for related information.

Liability Insurance

Costs determined by applicant's insurance policy.

As much lead time as possible (see note).

The Special Events Standard notes that 90 days notice is required for applications. Timeframes may be shorter depending upon the location and extent of the project. View the City's special public events page for related information.

Food / Non-Alcoholic Beverage Element

None.

30 days before the event.

If food is being catered for the crew, the regulations put forth by the Brant County Health Unit should be reviewed. View the City's special public events page for related information.

Tents / Temporary Structures

None.

As much lead time as possible (see note).

A tent or group of tents exceeding 60 m2 (654 ft2) and structures attached to a building (or closer than 3 metres to other such structures) require a clearance application. The Special Events Standard notes that 90 days notice is required for applications. Timeframes may be shorter depending upon the location and extent of the project. View the City's special public events page for related information.

Police Services Traffic Support

Contact us for further information.

As much lead time as possible (see note).

The Special Events Standard notes that 90 days notice is required for applications. Timeframes may be shorter depending upon the location and extent of the closure(s). View the City's special public events page for related information.

Contractors on City Property

None.

As much lead time as possible (see note).

When on City property, contractors must adhere to the contractor policy for the City. Such contractors must provide Certificate of Insurance naming the City with specified coverage amount, as well as WSIB certification. Standard notes that 90 days notice is required for applications. Timeframes may be shorter depending upon the location and extent of the project. View the City's special public events page for related information.

Fireworks / Pyrotechnics / Controlled Fires or Explosions

Varies.

As much lead time as possible (see note).

The Special Events Standard notes that 90 days notice is required for applications. Timeframes may be shorter depending upon the location and circumstances. Plans for controlled fires and explosions must be reviewed and approved by the Brantford Fire Department. View the City's special public events page for related information.

Distribution of Closure Letters to Notify Residents, Businesses, Emergency Services, Utilities, BIA

Varies. Compensation to businesses affected by extended closures also may be required.

Distributed to affected parties at least seven days prior to affected date(s).

View the City's special public events page for related information.