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Private recreation activities in parks

Vancouver parks are public spaces and available for all to enjoy. Groups and individuals planning to access public land for informal and casual use do not require a permit. 

If you want to use park space for organized recreation activities, whether you charge a fee or not, you must have a permit. These activities could include 

  • Fitness classes
  • Bootcamps
  • Open water swimming practices
  • Yoga classes
  • Dog obedience lessons
  • And more 

A permit for private recreation activities on public parks ensures your exclusive use of a designated space during the time permitted.

Permits are not possible at all parks, at all times. We do not give permits for private recreation within Stanley Park from March to December and the seawalls, nor on many of the beach park locations.

All permit holders may be subject to changes as film will take priority. Should this occur you will be offered a make-up class, a class at an adjacent park, or the one day refunded.

Apply for a permit

Permits can take up to 10 business days for approval.

  1. Download and complete the application form (308 KB).
  2. Email your completed application form and business licence to with your event name in the subject line. 
  3. If your application is successful, we will send you a COVID-19 questionnaire. Send your completed questionnaire, certificate of insurance form, and a detailed site or route map to with your event name in the subject line.
    • For the map, clearly show the intended area of use by using Google Maps with the satellite layer.
  4. Pay the application deposit fee.

 All remaining fees are due at least 10 days before the start of your activity. Permits are not issued until full payment is received. The application fee will not be refunded if you change your mind about the permit. All permits are dependent on the latest public health orders.

Application deadlines

Permits are issued on a seasonal basis. Renewal applications must be received at least one month before the new season. There is a $50 non-refundable fee for each permit.

Season Dates Deadline for renewal applications
Winter January 31 to March 31 January 31
Spring/summer April 1 to August 31 March 1
Fall September 1 to December 31 August 1

2021 fees

Fees do not include tax. The application fee will be deducted from the final permit fee.

Type Amount Conditions
Application fee $50
  • Non-refundable
Commercial permit fees level 1 $50/hour
  • 1 to 10 participants plus instructor
Commercial permit fees level 2 $75/hour
  • 11 to 20 participants plus instructor
  • Up to 30 participants may be possible, dependent on activity and location at the time requested
Non-profit groups permit fee $15.25/hour
  • Must show non-profit status
  • ​​​​​​​No more than 20 people

Contact Park Board Special Events and Filming

2099 Beach Ave
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

Phone: 604-257-8516
Fax: 604-257-8501

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