Mission Statement

Diversify and enrich Sarasota County’s economic development by attracting and serving motion pictures, television, commercials, music, still photography and all other forms of media production, while promoting and serving the people, locations, products, services, businesses and other assets throughout Sarasota County, thereby also enhancing tourism, prosperity and quality of life throughout our 570 square mile region.

Mission Statement

Sarasota County is a film ready community which attracts a wide variety of film, television, music and commercial projects with its production-friendly permit process and a welcoming business community. The Sarasota County film industry is recognized throughout the country for its professionalism, creativity and imagination. High wage jobs and businesses have been expanded in the film and entertainment job sector.

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 5-7 working days after the receipt of your completed paperwork, workers comp, and liability insurance to obtain a permit if there are no stunts, pyrotechnics, traffic impacts or street closures required by your shoot. Allow a minimum of up to 30 working days if those more complicated elements are involved such as stunts with prop guns or explosives. 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
  • 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.

1680 Fruitville Rd 402Sarasota, Fl 34236

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