Film & Drone Use

From sandy beaches and lakefront patios to rocky trails and snowcapped mountains, the City of Kelowna boasts 4-season backdrops and stunning landscapes; perfect for photography or filming.

Access

Located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna is a short drive from larger metropolitans such as Vancouver and Calgary and is easily accessible via the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) through a variety of domestic and international flights.

Amenities

The film industry is quickly growing in Kelowna and area.  The Okanagan Film Commission offers many services such as Location Library, Production and Crew Directory, and Okanagan Studio Directory; as well as extensive knowledge in the film industry.

Creative BC is another valuable resource that provides a strategic and integrated approach to growth and development of the province's creative industries. The City supports Creative BC's approach to local filming and welcomes the opportunities it brings to our community.

Permits

The City of Kelowna offers 2 types of permits for anyone interested in using City property for their film project:

Film Permit

A Film Permit is required for any film shoot requesting use of City properties, including parks, facilities, roadways, sidewalks, and other locations as identified.

Permit requirements include:

  • Completed Application
  • Schedule of shoots
  • Location Maps and requirements
  • Event Insurance
  • Prime Contractor Agreement
  • Damage Deposit
  • Applicable fees such as application fees, site rental fees, additional fees such as parking, RCMP, city staffing, etc.
  • Additional requirements are assessed through the permit process and assigned as necessary.

Please contact our Event Services Team at outdoorevents@kelowna.ca for an application.

Drone Permit

A Drone Permit is required for any drone operation requesting use of City properties, including parks, facilities, roadways, sidewalks, and other locations as identified.

Only commercial operators can be approved for drone usage. Recreational drone operation is not permitted on city property.   

Permit Requirements include:

  • Completed Application
  • City of Kelowna Business License
  • Minimum $2 Million Liability Insurance on a City of Kelowna Certificate
  • Site Survey that was submitted to NAV
  • Event site map (if applicable)
  • Transport Canada License (SFOC – Special Flight Operations Certificate)
  • Applicable fees such as application fees, site rental fees, additional fees as required

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Completed applications can be submitted to outdoorevents@kelowna.ca.  If you have any questions please call 250-469-8423.

Filming outside Kelowna

Kelowna is surrounded by beautiful provincial parks, and if you are interested in filming in one of these parks you can visit  Government of British Columbia Natural Resource Online Services to learn more about obtaining a Commercial Filming Permit.