Filming & Still Photography
Alberta's parks provide excellent locations for filming and
photography. There are guidelines and conditions to ensure that
these activities respect environmental integrity.
Filming & Still Photography
Permits are required for filming and photography projects with
special requirements that regular park visitors taking photos don't
need. Filming and photography activities needing permits are those
- require access to restricted areas;
- require supervision by Parks Division staff;
- have the potential to impact park resources in ways that are
not consistent with traditional use;
- may interfere with other visitors' enjoyment of the park;
- require exclusive use of an area; or
- involve sets, props, models, etc.
Filming and photography activities that require permits are not
usually allowed in
wilderness areas and
ecological reserves. An exception can be made if the activities
are consistent with the site's management plan.
A permit is not required for news media filming and photography
related to reporting news events.
Applying for a Filming
& Photography Permit
- Complete a filming & photography permit \application
- Submit the application to the
Parks Division contact responsible for the park in
- You may be able to submit a detailed letter in lieu of an
application. To determine if a letter is acceptable, discuss your
project with the Parks Division contact.
- Explicitly describe and document plans to use
- wild or domestic animals
- non-native plant species
- fire or explosives
- artificial snow
- fog machines
- other potentially dangerous activities or materials
- Document plans to carry out
- high-risk activities or stunts
- facility modifications or construction
- use of off-highway vehicles
- similar activities
- Include safety/emergency response plans if applicable
The applicant must hold public liability insurance to a minimum
level of $2,000,000 per occurrence. Proof is either:
A minium security deposit of $1,000 for site clean-up and
restoration may be required. If long-term reclamation may be
required, a letter of credit or letter of guarantee is necessary.
This can be drawn on if reclamation is not completed to the
satisfaction of the department.
Written approval must be received before activities
An application must be submitted:
- at least 5 working days prior to scheduled start-up for most
- up to 30 days in advance for large, more complex projects.
For More Information or to submit an
application contact the
Parks Division staff responsible for the park where the filming
or photography is to take place.
Filming & Photography Permit Fees
Other Guidelines & Conditions
The permit holder must appoint a location manager or designate
an alternate. This person will be responsible for all activities
and be on-site at all times during filming/photography.
Filming and photography are not normally permitted on weekends
and statutory holidays. If the activity is permitted, it may be
subject to additional restrictions to mitigate impacts on public
use of the area or facility.
Prior written approval is required:
- to bring animals or foreign plant material into a park (any
approval would include specific conditions);
- to destroy, remove or relocate any item in a park;
- for the use of film stunts, special effects, chemicals,
hazardous materials, explosives or other potentially dangerous
activities or materials; and
- for construction of film sets and facility enhancements.
Alberta Tourism, Parks & Recreation reserves the right
- close an area at any time due to environmental sensitivity,
wildlife, fire hazard or other public safety concern (we do not
accept responsibility for any costs incurred by the permit holder
during a closure);
- obtain a full or partial copy of the permit holder's final
product (this would be for internal use only); and
- add other conditions as required.
These guidelines and conditions do not override the requirement
to comply with the Provincial Parks Act and regulations, or other
applicable provincial or federal legislation.