Production permits in Charlotte County are issued without charge. If shooting is to occur on private property only, a permit is not required although all production companies are requested to notify the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Florida Film Office regarding their intentions, whether on private or public property.
Both the county and film office require a current insurance certificate indemnifying the appropriate county and/or municipality for a minimum of $1 million. It is requested that the insurance certificate be received 72 hours in advance. Higher coverage may be required for more hazardous productions involving stunts or pyrotechnics.
Permits are not issued with less than 48 hours notice and it is advisable to provide at least a two week notice when possible. If the project is a feature film, the permit procedure should begin as soon as a location has been chosen. As a facet of the permitting process, local officials may require production companies to hire local officers to assist in traffic control.
If production requires shooting in adjacent waters, the Florida Marine Patrol and the United States Coast Guard need to be advised of the activity.