Private recreation activities in parks
Vancouver parks are public spaces and available for all to enjoy. Groups and individuals planning to access public land for informal and casual use do not require a permit.
If you want to use park space for organized recreation activities, whether you charge a fee or not, you must have a permit. These activities could include
- Fitness classes
- Open water swimming practices
- Yoga classes
- Dog obedience lessons
- And more
A Private Recreation Activities on Public Parks or Beaches permit ensures your exclusive use of a designated space during the time permitted.
Apply for a permit
To apply for a Private/Commercial Recreation permit, you need to submit:
A completed application form
A copy of your valid City of Vancouver Business License (commercial operators only)
Certificate of Insurance form
A detailed site map clearly indicating the intended area of use (Google satellite image preferred)
The application deposit fee
The application and supporting documents can be dropped off, mailed, emailed, or faxed to the Special Events and Filming office. If route maps or site layouts are required for your event, email or fax them to the Special Events office. When sending these items, refer to and include the event name.
NOTE: All remaining fees are due at least 10 days before the start of your activity. Permits are not issued until full payment is received.
Permits are issued on a seasonal basis. Renewal applications must be received at least one month before the new season.
IMPORTANT: New applications and late renewals are processed after renewal applications in the order they are received.
|Season||Dates||Deadline for renewal applications|
|Winter||1 January to 31 March||1 December|
|Spring/Summer||1 April to 31 August||1 March|
|Fall||1 September to 31 December||1 August|