Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office

Permitting Information




You may Fax to 941-309-1200 or scan to [email protected]

Fill out our basic Regional Permit Application, sign and fax it in to (941) 309-1209 with proof of insurance, and we'll transmit that information to each and every jurisdiction in which you plan to shoot. That's the foundational county-wide document you fill out once and use for everywhere, and often the only form you'll need. If a municipality seeks more info or requires a supplemental document, they'll request it and we'll help you provide it as necessary.

INTERGOVERNMENTAL TEAMWORK & COOPERATION is not a myth here... It actually happens in Sarasota County! City-to-city from Sarasota, Venice and North Port through the Town of Longboat Key, throughout the County and the unincorporated areas of Englewood, on the keys and islands -- we ALL work together to the best of our ability to prove “film friendly” is not just lip service.

Please do allow at least three (3) working days after the receipt of your completed paperwork and insurance to obtain a permit if there are no stunts, pyrotechnics, traffic impacts or street closures required by your shoot. Allow a minimum of ten (10) working days if those more complicated elements are involved. We will always try our best to expedite your requests, but generally these are the timeframes you can expect for permits to be issued.

Now, you're ready for the simple, straight-forward “Follow Four” Filming Formula:

FIND what you need in Sarasota County we'll help however possible!
FILL in the Regional Permit Application & sign it legibly;
FURNISH your proof of insurance certificate of liability making sure to name the municipalities as additional insureds;
FAX the items to us, and we'll get you rolling ASAP.

Then, of course, get ready to make your project FABULOUS in Sarasota County, Florida!

Keeping it simple ~ helping to streamline the process ~ reducing red tape and paperwork ~ working to eliminate or minimize fees ~ we're all on the same page: Focused on helping YOUR production be the best it can be in Sarasota County.

We are happy to connect you with Sarasota County's amazing locations, resources and incentives for all of your film, TV, radio and print location needs.

Experience the best Florida has to offer all in one location. From waterfront locations with beaches, islands, bay fronts, bridges and marinas to wilderness locations with forests, ranching communities and tropical jungles and urban locations with art galleries, modern buildings and historical architecture -- we have it all.

Imagine your production's possibilities when combined with our compelling locations and service. As a full-service film commission and a member of the Association of Film Commissioners International, we are dedicated to ensuring your production's success. We offer the film industry's first customized, online Production Directory of crew, vendors, services, equipment and contacts for all of your production needs. In addition, we also provide location scouting assistance, permitting guidance, location photography assistance, intergovernmental support, research and reference materials, problem-solving and information-gathering.

Let us help you bring your production to life.