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. 

Please familiarize yourself with the West Vancouver Filming Policy before applying for a film permit.

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

Application for filming $500
Business license $148 (mid-year fee, Aug. 1–Dec. 31, is $74)
Location fees

Per location:

1–5 consecutive days | $450
6–10 consecutive days | $750
For each consecutive day | $400

Parking signs and installation Full cost recovery

 

Municipal park fees

Film $1,020
Commercial media (still photography, corporate) $410
Parking only $300
Prep and wrap to be determined by Parks Department
Parks liaison $105/hour

 

District owned properties

Community Centre and Civic Site To be determined by Parks and Community Services
Aquatic Centre - one area $510/hour | $1,530 per day
Aquatic Centre – more than one area $920/hour | $2,550 per day
Ice Arena - dry floor $510/hour | $1,530 per day
Ice Arena - ice in $920/hour | $2,550 per day

 

On-street parking fees

Parking (per day) municipal lot $300
Street occupancy $100 + $2 per square metre per week
Street Signage $330

 

Police Department fees

Per Police Officer $105/hour

 

Fire Department fees

Fire Officer $118/hour (minimum four hours)
Firefighter $96/hour (minimum four hours)

 

Bylaw

Municipal Enforcement Officer $90/hour (minimum three hours)

 

Miscellaneous fees

Electrical permit $125
Fire hydrant use Access and fees to be determined

 

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

Give us your feedback

Tell us what you think of filming in West Vancouver. Your comments and suggestions are encouraged.

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Filmed here in 2016

Feature films

50 Shades Darker
Boundaries
Tully
Crash Pad
Everything, Everything
Popstar

Television films

Stop the Wedding
Story of a Girl
Incursion
William
Summer Intern

Television series

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

And commercials for a variety of brands including M&M, Volvo and BMW.

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