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Private recreation activities in parks

COVID-19 update: private recreation permits

June 22, 2021: We are reviewing applications in accordance with the Provincial Health Order.

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 

We do not issue permits for sporting activities on sport fields or courts.

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.

Registering for a permit

Permits can take up to 10 business days for approval.

  1. Register using ActiveNet
  2. Email your site plan to adding your full name, what the activity is, and that it is for private recreation. 
  3. Your application will be reviewed within 10 business days.
  4. Ensure you have a business licence.
  5. Ensure you have insurance and review our insurance page

Review our help guide for online reservations  (559 KB)

 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 $50 non-refundable application fee will not be refunded if you change your mind about the permit. All permits are dependent on the latest public health orders.

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

Get a business licence

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Permit terms and conditions

Find the Park Board's terms and conditions of using a park or beach for private recreational activities

Insurance requirements for filming, event, and facility use

The City requires that you carry liability insurance for events or activities that you hold on or in a City and Park Board Property.

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