Filming in West Vancouver

West Vancouver is a popular location with producers, film-makers and photographers because of its unparalleled scenery, parks and beaches, cliffs, coves, modern and unique private residences, historic municipal buildings, and state of the art recreation facilities. Easy access to the Sea to Sky Highway and Vancouver make West Vancouver a great choice for your production. 

If you are a student, please visit the Student Film Permit page.

Filming Guidelines

The District of West Vancouver will issue your Film Permit as efficiently as possible and will provide local guidance and support.

Please review our filming guidelines which outline the application process and requirements:

Filming Guidelines

Film Permit Application

Required documentation

Film Permit Application

West Vancouver Business Licence

Certificate of Insurance (name the District of West Vancouver as an additional insured for $5 million liability)

You may require an electrical permit

Special Effects Permit Application (if applicable)

Fees for filming

In addition to the required film application fee, business license and electrical permits fee, additional fees will apply depending on your project and location.

Mandatory fees

An administration fee of 20% will be added to the final invoice (excluding the application fee). GST # 12145 3963 RT0001

Film permit fee

$400 (per location)
Business license $151 (mid-year fee, Aug. 1–Dec. 31, is $74)
Damage deposit $2500

 

Municipal park fees

Film $1,150/day
Commercial media (still photography, corporate) $410/day
Parking only (gravel lots) $500/day
Parks liaison $84/hour (per regular working hours)
Parks liaison $130/hour (early or late hours, statutory holidays)
Prep and wrap 50% daily amount
Lunch tents in parks $250/day

 

Municipal-owned properties

Film                                                 $1,000 - $2,550/day (dependent upon the facility)
Prep and wrap 50% daily amount

 

On-street parking fees

Municipal parking $300/day
Street parking $55 (per 30 metres/day)
Street signage $330

 

West Vancouver Police Department fees

WVPD Constable $115/hour
WVPD Supervisor $140/hour

 

Fire Department fees

Firefighter $125/hour
Officer $150/hour

 

Bylaw

Municipal Enforcement Officer $105/hour
Associated vehicle $15/hour

 

Miscellaneous fees

Fire hydrant use $125/day + per day water rates
Pyrotechnics permit $175

 

British Columbia welcomes film to our province and provides financial incentives and development programs. To learn about Financial Incentives and apply for a British Columbia Motion Picture Tax Credit visit Creative BC.

Fees and Charges Bylaw

Popular film locations

West Vancouver boasts a variety of locations that are spectacular for filming. Many independent and blockbuster movies have been filmed in West Vancouver at our many parks, facilities and residences. Find out more about some of our most popular film locations:

Community Centre & Other Venues

Cultural Facilities

Parks & Open Spaces

Public Art

Residences, Businesses & More

Trails

Register your property for filming

Register your home or business as a film location

Home and business owners can generate revenue by filming in our community. Owners are able to form agreements with the production company to ensure their requirements are met.

Property owners are responsible for negotiating the terms of use for their home, business or parking directly with the production company. The District remains external to these negotiations.

The terms of the Location Agreement are to be clearly identified and agreed upon by both parties.

To register your property as a filming location and find our more information visit:

Creative BC

Filmed in West Van

Ever wonder what movies, tv shows and commercials were filmed in West Vancouver? You may recognize some of the productions filmed here! 

Feature films

2016

50 Shades Darker
Boundaries
Tully
Crash Pad
Everything, Everything
Popstar

2015

Midnight Sun
We Are Besties

Television films

2016

Stop the Wedding
Story of a Girl
Incursion
William
Summer Intern

2015

Harvest Moon
Chesapeake Shores
Strange Calls

Television series

2016

Ice
Bates Motel
Supernatural
Once Upon a Time
The Man in the High Castle
Shut Eye
Impastor
Prison Break
ZOO
The Arrangement
No Tomorrow
Imposters
Lucifer
iZombie

2015

Bates Motel
Arrow
The Man in the High Castle
iZombie
Cedar Cove
Dead People

Commercials

2016

M&M
Volvo
BMW
Jeep
Lincoln
Steve Nash Fitness

2015

Audi
Chevy
RAM
Acura
Canon
Hershey's

Other

2015

Lululemon
The Wu Project
The Arrangement (Pilot)
Looking Glass (Pilot)

CONTACT

Magda Kwaterska
Events & Film Liaison

Email

604-925-7263

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