Private recreation permits
We will be accepting new private recreation applications for 2023 on January 3, 2023, at 9am.
Applications are reviewed in accordance with the Provincial Health Order.
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
Note We do not issue permits for sporting activities. Learn more about using fields, courts, and diamonds
A permit for private recreation activities on public parks ensures your exclusive use of a designated space during the time permitted.
Important information Permits are not possible at all parks, at all times. We do not give permits for private recreation within Stanley Park from March to December and the seawalls, nor on many of the beach park locations.
Important information All permit holders may be subject to changes as film will take priority. Should this occur you will be offered a make-up class, a class at an adjacent park, or the one day refunded.
Important information Commercial transactions, sales, or registration are not permitted on site.
Registering for a permit
Permits can take up to 10 business days for approval.
- Register using ActiveNet
- Email your site plan to firstname.lastname@example.org adding your full name, what the activity is, and that it is for private recreation.
- Your application will be reviewed within 10 business days.
- Ensure you have a business licence.
- Ensure you have insurance and review our insurance page.
Review our help guide for online reservations PDF file (559 KB)
Important information All remaining fees are due at least 10 days before the start of your activity. Permits are not issued until full payment is received. The $50 non-refundable application fee will not be refunded if you change your mind about the permit. All permits are dependent on the latest public health orders.
Fees do not include tax.
|Commercial permit fees level 1||$36/hour||
|Commercial permit fees level 2||$51.50/hour||
|Community recreation permit fee||$16.50/hour||
|Non-profit groups permit fee||$16.50/hour||
Contact Park Board Special Events and Filming
2099 Beach Ave
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4