Smoke Bluffs overlooking downtown Squamish.

Smoke Bluffs overlooking downtown Squamish.

Filming in Squamish

Why Squamish?

Our unique location offers unparalleled scenery, and our rich history and recent development give us both small town and modern west coast looks.  Our abundant parks, forests, mountains, cliffs, and rivers provide endless natural settings.  Rural, urban or remote wilderness settings can all be found within minutes of town, and all easily accessible.   

We’re also closer than you think, and within the Regional Tax Credit Zone. Squamish is just a short 40 minute drive from West Vancouver. Did you know it’s often faster to drive from West Vancouver to Squamish than to drive across the city?   

Whatever your script calls for, you can find it in Squamish. Have filming questions, looking for suggestions, or just want to run an idea by us to see what’s possible? Contact us.

Film Friendly

The District of Squamish has long supported filming and ensures fast and straightforward approvals for filming. But being a ‘film-friendly’ town goes far beyond that. Our businesses and neighbourhoods have established a reputation for being welcoming and accommodating to productions of all sizes.  Squamish is also home to a large community of talented industry professionals.

The District’s Film & Events Department can help you find the perfect location, contact information for properties, facilities and services, and coordinate with other agencies. 

Planning Your Dates & Locations

At any given time, there are many capital projects and events in Squamish that may affect dates and locations for filming. Please visit Projects & Initiatives for upcoming projects within the District of Squamish (including major capital upgrades that could impact road access) and our Events Calendar

Filming Application Process

The District of Squamish Filming Policy demonstrates our community's commitment to supporting the film industry whilst ensuring all filming activities are respectful of our businesses, residents, and environment. 

If you intend to film in the District of Squamish, please contact the Film & Events Department to discuss your intentions including proposed dates, locations, and filming activities.

Once you have confirmed your filming locations with the District of Squamish, please follow these steps:

Step 1 - Filming Application, Business Licence & Insurance

For all filming within the District of Squamish, complete and/or submit the following:

  1. Filming Application Form and submit to for review and approval. Please ensure you complete all sections of the application prior to submission. $150 processing fee applies.
    FILMING ON MUNICIPAL-OWNED PROPERTY: If you plan to film or stage your production (crew park, circus) on municipal-owned property (including roads, parks and municipal-owned lands), you must also complete a Film Licence Agreement and submit this at the same time as your Filming Application. $50 processing fee applies.
  2. Non-Resident Business Licence Application form and submit to for review and approval. It will take approximately 2 business days to process your application. You will be notified when your licence is approved and ready for pick-up and payment. Please pay for your permit in person at Municipal Hall (37955 Second Ave, Squamish) by debit, cash or cheque (credit card not currently available). $125 fee per year applies.
  3. A copy of $5 million Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance naming the District of Squamish as additional insured. Additional insurance up to the amount of $10 million CGL may be required if filming at the Municipal Airport.

Step 2 - Security Deposit

If you plan to film or stage your production on municipal-owned property (including roads), you must provide minimum $5,000 security deposit (confirm this amount with Film & Events Department prior to payment).

Step 3 - Additional Permits

  • Apply for a Work Permit for the use of roads (lock-ups; parking stalls), sidewalks, and for street closures (no fee; one required per location)
  • Apply for a Bulk Water Permit (only if applicable; access to fire hydrants is restricted)
  • Apply for a Noise Exemption Permit (only if applicable; noise prohibited between the hours of 10pm to 8am; requirements and fees vary - please refer to the Noise Regulation Bylaw for more information)
  • Apply for all Electrical Permits directly with the BC Safety Authority.

Step 4 - Review & Pay Applicable Fees

Effective October 21, 2015, all productions filming in the District of Squamish are required to pay filming fees that vary depending on locations, municipal land use, and the number of filming days. Please review the filming fees and contact the Film & Events Department to confirm which fees may be applicable to your production. Filming fees must be paid prior to filming or deducted from the security deposit if applicable.

  • District of Squamish GST # 121391866RT0001

Step 5 - 7 Things to Remember When Filming in Squamish

Carefully read 7 Things To Remember When Filming in Squamish and ensure all of your production crew is aware of Squamish's Bylaws especially:
  • Use of lockable bear-proof bins for all outside waste (regular open garbage bins are not permitted). Failure to comply may result in fines up to $10,000, and place wildlife and people at risk. Contact a local waste management company for available services. Review the Wildlife Attractant Bylaw for details.
  • Placement of signage only where permitted. Failure to comply may result in fines up to $10,000, and place drivers at risk. Review the District of Squamish Traffic Regulation Bylaw for details.
  • Permitted circus and crew load-in and load-out times. All load-in and load-out filming activities on municipal AND private land (including the arrival, set-up and load-out of circus vehicles and crew trucks) must be completed during permitted hours (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week).

Local Resources

A local pool of talented film industry workers reside in Squamish. Professionals include costume designers, grips, lighting specialists, actors and actresses, stunt men and women, special effects technicians and photographers plus more. Please consider hiring locally. Contact our film office for a list of contact details and resources. For local residents who work in the film industry, if you would like to be included on this contact and resource list, please forward your contact details and services by email to the Squamish Film Collective.

Want to know more?

Contact us at 604.815.5043 or

For more information on locations to film in Squamish, including listing your property (if you are a Squamish land/homeowner), please contact Creative BC.