The Distillery Historic District offers a unique and beautiful setting for personal photography, commercial photography and filming. It is important to note that The Distillery District is private property and access can be revoked at any time.

Note: Drone operation in The Distillery Historic District is strictly prohibited.

Wedding, Engagement, and Professional Photography – Permit Required

Permits for wedding, engagement and professional family photography may be purchased in advance by APPLYING HERE. Photo Permits are $500+HST and must be purchased in advance. No refunds or exchanges on photo permits.

Note: For preferred dates between November 16th, 2023 – January 7th, 2024:

  • The Distillery Winter Village will be running daily, expect larger volumes of people on site
  • No permits will be issued Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during this time
  • The last available time slot for permits Monday – Thursday is at 2pm

Additional notes:

  • This permit is for photography only and does not include videography.
  • This permit is not valid for any commercial photography/videography (see more information on below)
  • Permits are valid for up to two (2) consecutive hours.
  • No stand-alone props or equipment are permitted, we allow handheld props only.
  • Photo Permits are valid only in the outdoor areas of The Distillery Historic District, and do not allow for photography inside shops, restaurants, entryways, exits, other businesses, or on restaurant patios.
  • Photography must not block pedestrian flow around the site or into residences or businesses.
  • Applicants are required to agree with our “Terms & Conditions.”
  • Please be aware that event staff or security may ask your party to move at any time. Be mindful that The Distillery District is a lively neighbourhood, and that many other activities may be going on during your shoot. Please visit our Events Calendar in advance of your visit.
  • You will need to display a physical photo permit during the session. Your emailed receipt will have more details on these requirements and pick-up procedures.
  • Students and teachers should contact us at book photo sessions in advance.
  • For media inquiries, please contact us at in advance.

Commercial and Professional Photography/Filming – Permit Required

Portraiture, photos for professional use (i.e. commercial shoots, advertising, events, and the like), and any production videography for commercial purpose require a permit in advance. Please contact us at if you are interested in obtaining a commercial photo permit. Note: Commercial photo permits are not available in November & December.

Casual Use – No Permit Required

Casual snapshots taken by visitors as memories, souvenirs, or for personal use (excluding wedding, engagement, or professional photography) to share on social media may be taken at any time and do not require any permission or permits. We love seeing all the beautiful photography shared by the community. Please tag us with @DistilleryTO and #DistilleryTO and we may re-share your content. Please note, no stand alone props or equipment are permitted, we allow handheld props only.