Film Permits

Municipal Contacts and Filming Guidelines

All municipalities in Greater Victoria are film-friendly and will expedite the permitting process whenever possible. Applications for filming permits, licenses or location permits should be completed by an accredited Location or Production Manager, or company representative.

Location Managers are familiar with and knowledgeable about local procedures, guidelines and any restrictions regarding sensitive locations or other areas of concern. They are the best equipped personnel to deal with the various city departments, film policies and officials.

 

CITY OF VICTORIA
Office Address: 720 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC  V8W 3M7
Mailing Address: #1 Centennial Square, Victoria, BC  V8W 1P6
Contact: Darb Erickson, Film Liaison
Ph: 250-361-0580
Email
Web: City of Victoria

Film Permit Fees
Commercial – Movie, TV, Tour Photography, Photography
Cast/Crew of < 10: $ 62.78
Cast/Crew of 10+: $ 125.58

Application Changes/Rescheduling (per change)
Crew of < 10: $ 41.86
Crew of 10+: $ 41.86

Parks
Commercial/Corporate Use
Per event (under 4 hours): $ 155.56
Per event (4 hours or more): $ 229.88

Permit Processing: Minimum 10 business days prior
Costs: Base costs of required services
Insurance: General liability of $5,000,000
Parks: $107/day/location plus 6.00 permit fee plus base costs of services required

PDF Info:
Production Guidelines
Film Permit Application Sheet
Street Use Request
Street Occupancy Rates

Filming at Ogden Point and Victoria’s Harbourfront

Contact:
Tereza Ticha
Events Coordinator
Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
100 – 1019 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 2Y9, Canada Phone 250.383.8300 ext. 246 |  tticha@gvha.ca |  www.gvha.ca

18210-GVHA-FilmBrochure-Web

 

DISTRICT OF SAANICH
770 Vernon Avenue
Saanich, BC  V8X 2W7
Contact: Rob Phillips, Film Liaison
Ph: 250-475-5558
Fax: 250-475-5400
Email
Web: District of Saanich

Permit Processing: Minimum 5 business days prior
Costs: Base costs of required services
Insurance: General liability of $5,000,000

PDF Info:
2016 Saanich Film Permit Guidelines
2016 Saanich Film Permit Application Form

 

CITY OF COLWOOD
3300 Wishart Road
Colwood, BC  V9C 1R1
Contact: Nora Creamer, Film Liaison
Ph: 250-478-5999
Fax: 250-478-7516
Email
Web: City of Colwood

Permit Processing: Minimum 1- 2 weeks prior
Costs: Base costs of required services
Insurance: General liability required of $2,000,000 ($5,000,000 w/ pryotechnics)

 

DISTRICT OF OAK BAY
Recreation Oak Bay
1975 Bee Street
Victoria, BC  V8R 5E6
Contact: Janet Barclay, Film Liaison and Manager Recreation Program Services
Ph: 250-370-7121
Fax: 250-370-7127
Email
Web: District of Oak Bay

Permit Processing: Minimum 2 weeks prior
Costs: Base costs of required services
Insurance: General liability of $2,000,000

PDF Info:
Oak Bay Film Permit Application & Guidelines

 

CITY OF LANGFORD
2nd Floor, 877 Goldstream Avenue
Langford, BC  V9B 2X8
Contact: Engineering Department
Ph: 250-478-7882
Fax: 250-478-7864
Email
Web: City of Langford

Permit Processing: 2 weeks
Costs: Base costs of required services
Insurance: General liability of $2,000,000

 

TOWNSHIP OF ESQUIMALT
1229 Esquimalt Road
Esquimalt, BC  V9A 3P1
Contact: Francis Mathieson, Bookings Clerk
Ph: 250-412-8525
Fax: 250-414-7111
Email
Contact: Dan Henderson, Community Recreation Coordinator
Ph: 250-412-8507
Fax: 250-412-8529
Email
Web: Township of Esquimalt

Permit Processing: Minimum 5 business days prior
Costs: Base costs of required services
Insurance: General liability required of $5,000,000

 

TOWN OF VIEW ROYAL
45 View Royal Avenue
View Royal, BC  V9B 1A6
Contact: Jennifer Cochrane, Film Liaison
Ph: 250-479-6800
Fax: 250-727-9551
Email
Web: Town of View Royal

Permit Processing: 2 weeks
Costs: Base cost of required services
Insurance: General liability of $5,000,000

 

DISTRICT OF SOOKE
2205 Otter Road
Sooke, BC  V9Z 1J2
Contact: Joyce Meija
Ph: 250-642-1631
Fax: 250-642-0541
Email
Contact: Susan Dyble
Email
Web: District of Sooke

Permit Processing: 2 weeks
Costs: Base cost of required services
Insurance: General Liability $2,000,000

PDF Info:
Film Permit Policy & Application Form
Permit Fees (see Schedule I)

 

TOWN OF SIDNEY
2440 Sidney Avenue
Sidney, BC  V8L 1Y7
Contact: Tim Tanton, Film Liaison
Ph: 250-655.5413
Fax: 250-655-4508
Email
Web: Town of Sidney

Permit Processing: Minimum 3 business days prior
Costs: Base costs of required services
Insurance: General liability of $2,000,000

 

DISTRICT OF HIGHLANDS
1980 Millstream Road
Highlands, BC  V9B 6H1
Contact: Chris Coates, Film Liaison
Ph: 250-474-1773
Fax: 250-474-3677
Email
Web: District of Highlands

Permit Processing: 2 weeks
Costs: Base costs of required services
Insurance: General liability of $5,000,000

 

DISTRICT OF METCHOSIN
4450 Happy Valley Road
Metchosin, BC  V9C 3Z3
Contact: Lisa Urlacher, Film Liaison
Ph: 250-474-3167
Fax: 250-474-6298
Email
Web: District of Metchosin

Permit Processing: Minimum 2 weeks prior
Costs: Base costs of required services
Insurance: General liability of $2,000,000

 

DISTRICT OF NORTH SAANICH
1620 Mills Road
North Saanich, BC  V8L 5S9
Contact: Sarah Fairbrass, Public Works Administrative Assistant
Ph: 250-655-5480
Fax: 250-656-0782
Email
Web: District of North Saanich

Permit Processing: Minimum 1 week prior
Costs: Base costs of required services
Insurance: General liability of $5,000,000

 

CENTRAL SAANICH
1903 Mt Newton Cross Road
Saanich, BC   V8M 2A9
Contact: Yvan Sylvestre
Ph: 250-544-4208
Web: District of Central Saanich

Permit Processing: Minimum 2 weeks prior
Costs: Base costs of required services
Insurance: General liability required of $2,000,000

 

PORT RENFREW
Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 39, Port Renfrew B.C. V0S 1K0
Contact: Dan Hager
Telephone: (250) 858-7665
Email

CRD
Contact: Chris Gelson
Ph: 250-360-3036

 

PARKS CANADA
Shooting guidelines for National Parks and Historic Sights vary by location.

Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site of Canada & Fisgard Lighthouse
603 Fort Rodd Hill Road
Victoria, BC  V9C 2W8
Contact: Sophie Lauro
Ph: 250-478-6481
Fax: 250-478-8415
Email

PDF Info:
Filming at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS – Information and Guidelines 2012

 

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada
2220 Harbour Road
Sidney, BC  V8L 2P6
Contact: Breanna Rice
Ph: 250-654-4064
Fax: 250-654-4014
Email

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve – Filming Permit Application Process – 2016

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve – Film Permit

 

Filming within a national park, national marine conservation area,
national historic site or inside a heritage building:
Film and Photography Fees (Page 136)

 

BC PARKS

Filming requirements for Provincial Parks will differ by location and time of year to prevent impacts to natural, cultural and recreational values.

Provincial Parks South of Shawnigan Lake
Info:
Park, Conservancy and Recreation Area Regulations
Special Conditions and Park Contacts

FrontCounter BC – Permit Application Process
BC Parks Commercial Filming Permit Info & Application

If you have further questions after reading the above documents regarding Provincial Parks South of Shawnigan Lake, please contact Parks and Protected Areas Section Head Andy MacDonald.

Contact: Andy MacDonald, Parks and Protected Areas Section Head
Ph: 250-954-4613
Email

For more information regarding any filming within BC Parks, please contact: Megan Beveridge

 

Capital Regional District (CRD) PARKS
Contact: Jeanette Mollin
Ph: 250-360-3341
Email

PDF Info:
CRD Park permit and usage info

 

BC FERRIES
British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
Suite 500-1321 Blanshard Street
Victoria, BC  V8W 0B7
Contact: Zoe King, Manager, Customer Service Centre
Ph: 250-978-1133
Fax: 250-381-5452
Email
Web: Filming with BC Ferries

 

WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES
2901 3rd Avenue Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98121
Contact: Jadwiga Kellock, Business Service Manager
Ph: 
206-264-3554
Cell: 
206-571-5188
Email
Web: Washington State Ferries

PDF Info:
Quick Info for Filming and Photo Activities

 

BC HIGHWAYS
Ministry of Transportation
Email: filming@gov.bc.ca
Web: Filming on BC Highways


UAVs/DRONES
Victoria Office
Ph: 250-363-6823
Web: Transport Canada Standards