Virtual Filming Tours
The City of Abbotsford claims numerous advantages for creative industries. Strategically located only 45 minutes from Vancouver (the third largest film hub in North America), Abbotsford is home to a host of unique under-filmed locations, has access to talented labor, and is both affordable and accessible to the industry. Check out our collection of tours to learn more about the filming locations Abbotsford has to offer.
Film Application Steps
The film office will work will the production companies throughout the approval process. To film your production in Abbotsford, please follow these steps:
- Read the City of Abbotsford’s Outdoor Special Event, Filming and Activities Bylaw No. 2513-2016
- Contact the Economic Development office by phone: 604-864-5586 or by email
- Determine your filming location(s)
- Complete a Abbotsford Film Application and submit to Economic Development.
- Complete a Film Production Business Licence application
- Provide us with a copy of $5 million Commercial General Liability insurance naming the “City of Abbotsford” as an additional insured.
- Provide a copy of your Communicable Disease Prevention Plan. Visit Worksafe BC for more information.
- The Film Production office will determine your film deposit amount (between $2,000-$5,000) based upon your film production requirements.
- All deposits are to be made by cheque and payable to the “City of Abbotsford”
*Please note all notices of filming must be sent to the City of Abbotsford Film Office for approval prior to distribution*. (See samples)
- Neighbourhood Notification
- Polling for high impact activity
- Downtown Abbotsford (ADBA)
- Additional Community Engagement
Filming Resources & Templates
Please Note: All filming notices must be sent to the City of Abbotsford film office for approval prior to distribution.
- Basic neighbourhood notification – Neighborhoods (residential and commercial) in which filming will take place should receive notification with at least two full business days to read and provide feedback. For example, if filming on a Friday the notification must be received before the end of business on Tuesday.
- Polling for high impact activity – For higher impact filming activities such as curfew extensions or recurring locations, we require a two stage notification that starts with a poll of the neighbourhood to measure support before the permit and final notification is approved
- Downtown Abbotsford – If you are filming in Downtown Abbotsford you will be required to complete our ADBA Polling sheets. At this time we require signatures from all businesses impacted by filming in the area.
- Additional Community Engagement – It is the production’s responsibility to engage more directly with those who might be acutely impacted or when special arrangements must be made. For example, when a shop owner could experience business interruption or a home owner has a front yard that you want to store equipment on.
- Additionally, many neighborhoods have resident or business associations which should be contacted prior to finalizing plans. The Filming Office can provide more information on such groups once you select your locations. This higher level of personal engagement is an industry best practice and helps things go smoother “on the day”. Relying on only the basic notification is a sure way to damage relationships and leave the community with a negative impression of the film industry.
- Residents Reverse Polling Letter Curfew Extension - SAMPLE*
- Reverse Polling Letter – Reverse Polling Letter Template - SAMPLE*
- Polling Form Sample Sheet - SAMPLE*
- ADBA Filming Notice Letter Template - SAMPLE*
- Filming in Downtown Abbotsford - Polling
*for any of the above form samples - please contact our office for the original word documents at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Abbotsford Airport
- Abbotsford Downtown Business Association
- Abbotsford School District
- BC Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure
- City of Abbotsford – Garbage and Recycling
- Clayburn Village Community Society
- Columbia Bible College
- Creative BC
- Creative BC - Filming in Residential Areas
- Directors Guild of Canada
- Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act
- Merchant Toolkit (Creative BC)
- Ministry of Agriculture
- Motion Picture Association
Item Rate (All payments processed through the Film Office) Film Permit Application: $350 plus GST per application Business License (GST included): $281 + $25 admin fee Security Deposit: To be determined (Refundable) Street – Highways Use Permit: $75 Non-refundable No GST applied Hydrant use permit: $60 per day Extension to duration: $60 per day After hours service call: $200 each call Fire Dept. Inspection Fee: $115 Non-refundable Fire Vehicle/Staff: Cost calculated by type of equipment & staff required Assistance Costs: (Deposit required) Police Officer Costs: $110 per hour plus GST (5%) Deposit required Police Car: $135 per hour plus GST (5%) Deposit required City buildings and Facilities charge rate: Deposit required (individually priced) Building Permits and Sign Permits
Individually priced based on project type
City of Abbotsford GST number: 89725 6350 RT
All fees are non-refundable. When filming on City of Abbotsford property a refundable security deposit is required. It is intended that the deposit will guarantee the clean-up of the site and compliance with the terms agreed to by the Production Company.