Although there is no formal permitting system for filming in the Northwest Territories, permits, proof of insurance and documented permissions may be required for certain production activities on:
- traditional land
- city or government owned land or properties
- protected areas or historical sites, public streets and territorial highways
- ice roads or in airports
Some municipal governments have guidelines regarding filming in its jurisdiction. This includes parking regulations and policies regarding late night activities and procedures for notification.
We are happy to work with producers and location managers to assist with permit requirements and gaining permission. Please contact the office of the Film Commissioner for assistance.
FILMING IN YELLOWKNIFE
The City of Yellowknife requires a Certificate of Insurance from applicants for film activity within city limits.
- City of Yellowknife requires a minimum of not less than $2,000,000 – inclusive limit – for any occurrence with an insurer licensed to do business in the Northwest Territories.
- Additional insurance may be requested depending on activity or location.
- For more information visit the City of Yellowknife website.
- Also you can use City of Yellowknife's detailed interactive map to see the different areas of Yellowknife.
FILMING ON TRADITIONAL LAND
If you are planning to film on traditional lands make sure you read our Aboriginal Land information for all necessary contacts in each region.
FILMING IN NATIONAL PARKS
To film or photograph in national parks, an application must be submitted to Parks Canada ten days prior to activities. If approved, a Film/Photography permit will be issued which outlines conditions and supplementary requirements associated with the production. The following information will assist in the preparation of a film/photography application.
Through the application process, Parks Canada can provide you with:
- Details on park regulations, conditions and requirements. *Note: all film/photography activities must comply with National Park Regulations, policies and conditions.
- Consultation and advice on film/photography opportunities and locations. *Note: all locations must be determined prior to a permit being issued
- Liaison with other Rocky Mountain National Parks. *Note: One application and Film/Photography permit can cover multiple national parks.
- Assistance with interviews with park staff and specialists. *Note: Interviews may be available depending on scope of project and availability of staff.
Read over the regulations, costs and contacts for filming in a National Park in these guidelines.