Film production outside Surrey City Hall

Learn how to film your next big production in Surrey and surrounding areas.

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 & 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 $257.25
Electrical Permit $123
Fire Hydrant Permit $200 + $150 per day water rates
Road Obstructions / Closures $175
Road Use $250
City Block Parking $250 per side per day
City Lot Parking $500 - $1000 per day (dependent upon the parking lot)
City Parks

Available upon request (dependent upon the park)

City Facilities Available upon request (dependent upon the facility)
Commercial Photography $75 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 $124 per hour

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

 

Student Filming

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

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, Skyscraper, and Sonic the Hedgehog.

The City has also been part of many TV productions, such as Altered Carbon, Riverdale, The Good Doctor, A Million Little Things, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Smallville, Psych, Supernatural, and Once Upon a Time.

Use our Interactive Story Map to learn which locations in Surrey were used by TV Series, commercials, and feature films. To find out about productions currently shooting in BC, see Creative BC's Film List.

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Popular Filming Locations

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 to learn more about the most popular film sets around the City, or see below for a virtual tour of Surrey City Hall.

Virtual tours of Surrey Operations Centre and Cloverdale Town Centre are also available.

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

 

Contact the 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.