Filming on B.C. Highways

For over 40 years, B.C. has been a key centre for filming commercials and domestic and foreign motion picture productions. The Province accepts applications for filming along a B.C. highway, bridge, road or tunnel.

Currently, permits are free of charge for filming on provincial highways in British Columbia.

Application Process

Pre-application– contact the local ministry office in advance of your application if you have questions regarding the filming activity you are proposing. Have a clear idea of your objective and needs for filming on the highway.

  1. Application Preparation: Complete the application form, which contains instructions for the completion of a Production Activity Assessment and Application Checklist. Ensure the applications and forms are filled out completely and correctly.
  2. Submit your Application. When you are ready to submit the application, compile all the documents in one email package and submit this to filming@gov.bc.ca.
  • The Production Activity Assessment can be used as a guide to inform you of the time needed to evaluate your application.
  • The 2015 Interim Traffic Management Manual for Work on Roadways offers an assessment to categorize the traffic impacts; contact your local traffic control company for more details.
  • The Application Checklist provides an overview of the items required to apply

Incomplete applications will not be accepted, however, we will accept insurance up to 2 days after the application is made.

  1. Application Evaluation – The Ministry technician will contact you if further information is needed. The application may be referred to staff in various departments in order to ensure there are no conflicts with the proposal. We work in queue of order received to ensure everyone gets a timely response.
     
  2. Filming agreement – the Ministry technician will provide you with an agreement once the application is accepted. Please read this carefully, and sign and return the document for our records. Any changes made to the agreement may require further review and may impact timelines.

Highway Use Application Form, Production Activity Assessment and Checklist

Certificate of Insurance

As the film production company is responsible for incidents occurring during or resulting from the filming, you will need to:

  • Carry and maintain a minimum of $5 million liability insurance against third-party claims.
  • Carry a preferable maximum deductible no greater than $5,000.
  • At the permittee's expense, obtain all applicable permits and licenses necessary for conducting the filming project.
  • Ensure all personnel hired, or acting on the permittee’s behalf including hired contractors, are competent to perform their duties, adequately trained, fully instructed and supervised.

Safety and Traffic Management Plans

To ensure the safety of the travelling public and film crew during the film project, applicants must keep themselves fully informed of and comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal legislation, regulations and bylaws. Your local filming representative can help you navigate these and other safety requirements (see contacts at right).

  • Traffic management plans submitted must be in accordance with the Ministry’s 2015 Interim Traffic Management Manual for Work on Roadways.
  • A certified traffic control company (flagging company) and traffic supervisor will often be required to ensure the safety of the film crew and travelling public for the duration of filming.
  • To ensure the safety of the travelling public and film crew during the film project, applicants must keep themselves fully informed of and comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal legislation, regulations and bylaws.
  • Compliance with all conditions set forth in the Motor Vehicle Act, Transportation Act and Workers Compensation Act.
  • Notify all authorities and make specific arrangements for assistance, if required. Other agencies that may be involved or contacted are:
    • Local police authorities  (e.g. RCMP and/or municipal police forces)
    • Emergency services (e.g. BC Ambulance Service and local fire departments)
    • Municipalities
    • Regional districts
    • Parks
    • BC Ferries
    • Public transit authorities (e.g. where bus lines may be impacted)
  • Fluorescent safety vests, steel toed footwear and hard hats are recommended as safety apparel for traffic control persons, or by all persons working near traffic.
  • Filming operations occurring outside the daylight hours must adhere to specific safety requirements for night filming.