If you would like to film (still or motion) in Town of Canmore public spaces for professional or commercial purposes, you require a film permit. Public places include Town of Canmore owned venues, streets, roads, parks, playgrounds, recreation areas, environmental reserves parking lots and pathways within the Town of Canmore's boundaries.
Please Note: that filming at Quarry Lake requires additional permissions.
- Select the type of film permit that you are looking to obtain
- Download the application form (see Documents and Forms below)
- The Event and Film Permitting Coordinator will review your application and supporting documents, and will respond to you within 2 business days
Frequently Asked Questions
An annual film permit is now available to facilitate an efficient, cost effective process for applicants who frequently submit film permit applications over the course of a calendar year. An annual film permit agreement is valid within a given calendar year (January to December).
- Digital Artists
- Graphic Design firms
- Marketing & Communication firms
- Professional Photographers (portrait, wedding and commercial)
- Video Production Companies
- Tourism Agencies
- Projects qualified under the agreement are those scheduled to complete within a single, eight (8) hour day.
- Permitted filming hours are Monday to Saturday from 07:00 - 23:00, and Sunday from 08:00 - 23:00.
- Permission to conduct work at times outside of these hours will require the written permission of the Town of Canmore's CAO or designate.
- Filming utilizes Town of Canmore property (municipally owned or leased property).
- Filming on government or parks land must be approved/permitted by the corresponding governing bodies and copies of approvals must be submitted to the Town of Canmore.
- The issuance of an annual film permit does not permit or include any filming to take place by UAV (Drone).
Filming through the use of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV or drone) requires special permissions from the Town of Canmore.
The regulation of drone use is especially important as the Town of Canmore has a vast area of restricted airspace over much of the community. Below is a map that indicates the locations of the two heliports found within our community. pdf Canmore Heliport Drone Exclusion Area Map (436 KB)
Applicants are required to recognize and acknowledge:
- As per Transport Canada, an aerodrome of one (1) nautical mile (or 1.9 Kms) is established around both Alpine Helicopters and Canmore General Hospital.
- In order to fly in restricted airspace, Transport Canada regulations deem that a pilot is required to have an Advanced Operations Certificate.
- The Applicant and the Pilot are to adhere to all transportation Canada legal requirements when operating UAVs.
Please review the Information & Parameters for Film with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Permits guide prior to application submission. This is a set of guidelines for applicants to follow when preparing an application, and a set of procedures to adhere to at the time of a scheduled flight.
Unpermitted UAV flights are subject to fines under Parks Bylaw 2019-09.
Related Bylaws and Policies
|Noise Control Bylaw|
|pdf Towards Zero Waste Policy (159 KB)|
|pdf Parks Bylaw 2019-09 (3.66 MB)|