Filming fees

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In addition to the required business and electric permit fees, you may be required to purchase additional permits, depending on the nature of your production. 

Fee payment

To pay fees, a production must open an account before filming begins and deposit the estimated cost for all City services that will be necessary.

The City of Vancouver accepts:

  • Certified cheques (drawn on a Canadian bank account)
  • Money orders
  • Cash
  • Wire transfers (call the Film Office for details)

When all filming in the City is complete, the account will closed and the City will issue an invoice or a refund for the balance.

Fire hydrant permit fees

Fees are due when you apply for the fire hydrant permit. You can pay by cash, cheque, credit card, or debit card.

Item Fee Tax
Permit administration fee (up to 4 hydrants) $125 5% GST
Inspection and maintenance fee (up to 4 hydrants) $225 5% GST
Daily water access fee (maximum $125 per week) – per hydrant $25 5% GST
Damage deposit $500 No tax

There are two options to pay for a hydrant permit:

  1. Let your Film Coordinator know you will need this permit within your first conversations - all fees will be included in your deposit
  2. Deal directly with the Client Service Centre counter and pay separately

Park filming permit (2019)

Refund policy: A minimum notice of 5 working days is required for a refund, minus the equivalent of 4 hours of staffing time (at the posted staff rate). No refunds will be issued if less than 5 working days notice is provided.

Prices do not include tax.

Location and activity Price
Student production  $43
Lunch tent  $307
Setup and wrap  $364
Neighbourhood parks small productions - Level 1  $180
Neighbourhood parks small productions - Level 2 $370
Neighbourhood parks large productions - Level 3 $740
Neighbourhood parks large productions - Level 4 $1,110
Destination parks (Stanley Park, major parks and beaches) small productions - Level 1 $241
Destination parks small productions - Level 2  $487
Destination parks large productions - Level 3  $975
Destination parks large productions - Level 4 $1,465

Additional charges

Prices do not include tax.

Item or service Price
Site visitation   $108
Site monitoring, per hour $76
Security deposit  $2000

Park commercial photography (2019)

Refund policy: A minimum notice of 5 working days is required for a refund, minus a $25.00 administration fee.

Prices do not include tax.

Photography level Price
Level 1 - no vans on site, limited props and equipment, and so on $185
Level 2 - props, lighting, 3 hours or more on site $364

Film activity and street use permits

Activity permits are required for film activity taking place on City property or private property where the public may be impacted.

If street space is required for parking vehicles, picture continuity, or equipment placement, you must submit a Street Use Request for approval, along with the Film Locations Worksheet. The Vancouver Film Office will review and issue the required permits.

Film activity and street use permit fee

The number of permits will be based on the locations, impacts, street use, and services required.  Please consult the Film Office for more detailed information.

Prices do not include tax.

Permit Price
Film activity and street use  $150.00 per permit

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services provide safety equipment and crew as required for the execution of special effects.

Service fees

Prices do not include tax.

Service Price
Fire engine   $110.00 per hour
or portion
Officer  $100.00 per hour
or portion
Firefighter $82.00 per hour
or portion
Training Classroom $400.00 per day
Training Academy $1,500.00 per day

Vancouver Police Department

Police provide traffic control, weapons and vehicular escorts. To book Officers contact the Emergency Operations and Planning section of the Vancouver Police Department at 604-717-3081.

Requests must be received by the Police Department a minimum of 2 working days before the call-out. If the work required is extensive and involves several officers, a supervising Sergeant will be assigned.

Vancouver Police Department fees

Officers and Sergeants are paid overtime rates with a minimum three-hour call-out. Rates include equipment and administration fees

Prices do not include tax.

Service Average rate
Sergeant $158.75 per hour
Officer $127.01 per hour
Traffic Authority $58.54 per hour

Rates updated as of January 1st, 2017.

Ready to apply for your filming permit?

If you are ready to apply for your filming permit now, click the link below to go directly to the online application.

Apply to film

 If you are filming in a park, you will also need to fill out the Park Board's filming application.

Apply to film in parks

Contact the Film and Special Events Office

Film and Special Events Office
450 SW Marine Drive
Vancouver BC V5X 0C3

Fax: 604-257-8859

Send an inquiry

Make a complaint about filming

Make a complaint about a special event

Contact the Park Board Special Events Office

Special Events &
Filming Office
2099 Beach Ave
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4 (mailing address only)

Phone: 604-257-8516 

Fax: 604-257-8501