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 Film Office regarding their intentions, whether on private or public property. Permits for shooting in state parks—Stump Pass Beach State Park, Don Pedro Island State Park and Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park—need to be obtained from Florida State Parks. Permission for shooting in Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area must be obtained from Florida Fish and Wildlife.
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.
It is advisable to provide at least a two-week notice when requesting a permit. If the project is a feature film, the permit procedure should begin as soon as locations have been chosen.
If production requires shooting in adjacent waters, the Florida Marine Patrol and the United States Coast Guard need to be advised of the activity.
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Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Film Office
1700 Tamiami Trail, Suite G-2
Port Charlotte, FL 33948