Stunts, special effects, and gunfire

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Stunts

Conditions

For stunts that will have significant impact to traffic, businesses or residents, a detailed submission is required 10 working days prior to the proposed filming date. The Location Manager must submit in writing the detailed explanation of the stunt including:

  • The proposed location
  • The date and time
  • Any potential impacts on the neighbourhood
  • Any potential noise
  • Any potential traffic pattern changes

The proposal must be sent to

  • The Vancouver Film Office
  • The Emergency Operational Planning Section of the Vancouver Police Department
  • Coast Mountain Bus Company (if bus traffic is to be affected)

Site Meeting

Once the location for the stunt has been approved by the Vancouver Film Office, the Location Manager must arrange a site meeting as soon as possible. The following people should be at the meeting: 

  • The stunt coordinator
  • The director or first assistant director
  • The location manager
  • A representative from the Vancouver Police Department
  • A representative from theVancouver Film Office
  • A representative from the BC Film Commission
  • A representative from any other public utility or service company that may be affected by the stunt

Approval

Approval for the stunt will only be granted after all identified issues have been adequately addressed by the film company. Police may be required to be on set depending on the impacts or public visibility issues. The on-set Police Officer will notify 9-1-1 operators immediately before the stunt takes place.

Special Effects

Conditions

The Location Manager must submit in writing a detailed description of the special effect a minimum of 10 working days prior to the proposed filming date.

  • The proposed location
  • The date and time
  • Any potential impacts on the neighbourhood
  • Any potential noise
  • Any potential traffic pattern changes
  • Any potential smoke

This proposal must be sent to:

  • The Vancouver Film Office
  • The Emergency Operational Planning Section of the Vancouver Police Department
  • The Vancouver Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Office
  • Coast Mountain Bus Company (if bus traffic is to be affected)

The Special Effects Coordinator must also submit a written description of the materials and proposed methods, including the size and weight of each item to be used.

This description must be sent to

  • The Events Captain at the Vancouver Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Office
  • The Vancouver Film Office
  • The Emergency Operational Planning Section of the Vancouver Police Department

If high explosives, such as black powder, are used, a copy of the description must also be submitted to the Explosives Regulatory Branch of Natural Resources Canada. The Fire Department will consult with the Explosives Branch.

In some circumstances the special effects coordinator may be asked to submit a resume and references. The Vancouver Film Office reserves the right to withhold permission from the special effects coordinator who does not provide sufficient proof of training and necessary experience.

Site Meeting

Once the location for the special effect  has been approved by the Vancouver Film Office, the Location Manager must arrange a site meeting as soon as possible. The following people should be at the meeting: 

  • The special effect coordinator
  • The director or first assistant director
  • The location manager
  • A representative from the Vancouver Fire Department
  • A representative from the Vancouver Police Department
  • A representative from theVancouver Film Office
  • A representative from the BC Film Commission
  • A representative from any other public utility or service company that may be affected by the special effect
  • A representative from the Explosives Branch of Natural Resources Canada, if high explosives such as black powder are being used
  • The property owner or their representative, if a building or structure is involved in the special effect

Site Requirements

If the effect is visible to the public OR if there is a loud noise or concussive effect associated with the special effect, Police must be on set. 9-1-1 operators must be notified by the Officer on set immediately prior to the effect taking place.

Fire Department crew and equipment may also be required on set.

If a temporary structure needs to be built for filming, a temporary development permit is required from the Development Services branch of the City of Vancouver. An engineer’s diagram of the structure and a letter of permission from the property owner are required to get the permit.

Approval

Location Managers may be required to poll the surrounding neighbourhood if the special effect is expected to impact the area in a significant way.

If an explosion, fire or smoke is involved with the special effect, the Fire Prevention office will issue a permit to the Special Effects Coordinator once the City’s Film Office has approved the special effect. This permit is date-specific and time-specific, and will list all the materials that have been approved. No materials or methods other than those approved by all parties in the planning process and shown on the permit will be permitted.

Guns and Gunfire

Conditions

Vancouver Police are required on set for weapon escort whenever a gun is used for interior or exterior filming.

Quarter load gunfire only is permitted in the City of Vancouver for both interior and exterior filming.

Vancouver Police may also be required on set for squib hits. Squib effects may not be louder than quarter load gunfire sound.

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.

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

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Contact the Film and Special Events Office

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

Phone: 604-257-8840

Fax: 604-257-8859

film.office@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