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Photography and student filming

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All still photography and student filming on public property must be approved by the City's Film Office before you start working. This includes any changes to your schedule or activities.

Your location manager must be on set and is responsible to the City and community for all of your project's activity.

Still photography in parks

Do you need a permit?

You need a permit if your photo shoot will:

  • Block public access
  • Require a major setup
  • Be commercial in nature

Otherwise, you don't need a permit.

Not sure? Email us at parkevents@vancouver.ca for a consultation.

Permit fees

Prices do not include tax.

Category Criteria Fee

Level 1

  • No vehicles on site
  • Very limited set up
  • Less than 3 hours in duration

$171.31

Level 2

  • Duration of 3 hours or more, or
  • Involves a more complicated setup

$347.38

How to apply

Apply at least two weeks before the day you want to do your photo shoot.

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Read our insurance requirements, terms and conditions, and Park Board bylaw requirements on page 2 of the application form.
  3. Email a copy of your insurance and site map to parkevents@vancouver.ca.
  4. Pay your permit fee online.

Still photography outside of parks

Do you need a permit?

You need a permit if your photo shoot will use:

  • Camera equipment other than handheld cameras
  • More than 3 crew people or more than 3 models
  • Generator power
  • Lighting equipment, such as bounce boards and lights on stands
  • Reserved street space for parking vehicles or photo continuity (fees apply)

Otherwise, you don't need a permit.

Not sure? Email us at specialevents@vancouver.ca for a consultation.

Permit fees

There is no application fee for still photography projects outside of parks.

Fees apply if you need City services, like posting "temporary no stopping" signs, reserving parking meters, or hiring police for traffic control or weapons escort.

How to apply

Apply at least four business days before the day you want to do your photo shoot.

  1. Complete the online application to film.
    • For production type, choose "Photo".
  2. Send a copy of your insurance to specialevents@vancouver.ca.

Student filming in parks

For information about available times, fees, requirements, and more, email the Park Board Special Events and Filming Office at parkevents@vancouver.ca.

Student filming outside of parks

Permit fees

There are no film permit application fees for film school projects that meet the following criteria:

  • The school must have a legal agreement and current insurance in place with the City of Vancouver.
  • The project must be assigned by the instructor and be part of the curriculum.
  • All personnel working on the project are doing so without financial compensation.
  • The project is for academic use only, not to be used for commercial gain.

Fees apply if you need City services, like posting "temporary no stopping" signs, reserving parking meters, or hiring police for traffic control or weapons escort.

How to apply

Apply at least four business days before the day you want to do your photo shoot.

  1. Complete the student application to film  (500 KB).
  2. Email your application in PDF file format to film.office@vancouver.ca from your school email account.

Contact the Special Events Office

Location
Film & Special Events Office
126 Keefer St
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4

Phone: 604-257-8850

Fax: 604-257-8859

specialevents@vancouver.ca

Contact the Park Board Special Events Office

Location
Special Events &
Filming Office
2099 Beach Ave
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

Phone: 604-257-8516 

Fax: 604-257-8501

parkevents@vancouver.ca