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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 and the seawalls, nor on many of the beach park locations.

Apply for a permit

  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. Email your 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.
  3. 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.

Application deadlines

Permits are issued on a seasonal basis. Renewal applications must be received at least one month before the new season.

New applications and late renewals are processed after renewal applications in the order they are received.

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

Fees (2019)

Prices do not include tax.

Type Amount 
Application fee $30
Commerical groups permit fee $20/hour
Non-profit groups permit fee $15/hour

Note The application fee is non-refundable. If your activity proceeds, the application fee amount is deducted from your permit fee payments.

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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