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Filming in Surrey

Perfectly situated in Metro Vancouver, Surrey offers stunning scenes, vibrant communities, world-class facilities and a location close to downtown Vancouver and the US border. Surrey is a film-friendly city that offers a one-stop shop for productions, a wide array of support industries and top-notch talent. The City is also approximately within a 30 minute drive to major film studios.

Film Permit Guidelines and Applications

Surrey welcomes and supports all types of filming in the City. Our Film Office will work with your production to meet your needs. Surrey’s diverse landscape, resources and competitive fee structure make the City an appealing place to film your next production.

Application Process

The Film Office will work with all productions throughout the approval process. To film your production in Surrey, follow these steps:

  1. Read the City’s Filming Guidelines
  2. Contact the Film Office at 604-598-5759 or at filming@surrey.ca
  3. Determine the best location for filming (See below for some suggestions)
  4. Complete a Film Permit Application, Certificate of Insurance and Electrical Permit Application and submit to the Film Office

Please note that the application process may take up to 2 weeks. Once your application is approved, a film permit is required on site at all times.

Filming Fees

Fee Type Cost
Filming Permit $250
Electrical Permit $112
Fire Hydrant Permit $180 + $100 per day water rates
Parking Permit $92
Road Obstructions / Closures $172
Road Use $250
City Block Parking $250 per side per day
City Lot Parking $500 per day
City Parks

$500 per day (neighbourhood) / $1,000 per day (major)

City Facilities Available upon request (dependent upon the facility)
Commercial Photography $250 per day

Fire and RCMP Filming Fees

Fee Type Cost
Pumper & Staff $642 per hour (4 hour minimum call out)
Ladder & Staff $1,015 per hour (4 hour minimum call out)
1 RCMP Officer $105 per hour

An administration fee of 15% will be added to the final invoice (GST #R121 391 882).

Popular Filming Locations in Surrey

Surrey offers a wide array of filming locations, from modern urban developments, a downtown core, industrial landscapes, farmland and lush green parks. Use our Filming Locations Map available on COSMOS to learn more about the most popular film sets around the City.

Launch Filming Locations Map

Past Productions Filmed in Surrey

Surrey has hosted a variety of TV series, TV movies, feature films, Bollywood films, commercials, and other types of film productions over the past few years. Our diverse backdrop has played a key role in some memorable feature film productions, such as the Twilight series, A-Team, Blade, Juno, and Scooby Doo.

The City has also been part of many TV productions, such as Smallville, Psych, Supernatural, and Once Upon a Time.

See the complete list of productions that filmed in Surrey in 2016.

To find out about productions currently shooting in BC, see Creative BC's Film List.

Student Filming

The City supports and encourages the growth of the BC and Canadian film industries and will waive fees for non-profit, public service announcements or student productions. For further information on student filming in Surrey, simply contact us or complete the Student Filming Application.

Register Your Home or Business as a Filming Location

Your property could have a starring role as a film location in a movie, commercial or TV show. The financial rewards can be significant, depending on the type of project, its budget, your property, and the amount of space that will be used.

Register Your Property or Business with Creative BC

Film Office

The Film Office is the first point of contact for production filming in Surrey. Film Office staff are familiar with the film industry and play an integral role in accommodating and supporting productions in the City.

For more information on filming in Surrey, contact the Film Office at 604-598-5759 or filming@surrey.ca.

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