With its spectacular Northwest mountain scenery, diverse exterior and interior locations and proximity to Vancouver’s industry resources, Whistler is a location of choice for many American and Canadian productions.
Working with the Resort Municipality of Whistler
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) handles all requests and permits for filming in public areas in:
- Whistler Village
- The Whistler Interpretive Forest
- Whistler neighbourhoods and roads
- Whistler Parks
- Whistler Trails
The RMOW recognizes the importance of the BC film and TV industry and is serious about ensuring everyone involved in a production - from the director to community residents - has a positive experience.
- Find guidelines for applying for a film permit in Whistler
- Apply for a film permit
- Find film permit fees
Aircraft without a pilot on board go by many names—unmanned air vehicle (UAV), remotely piloted aircraft system, model aircraft, remote control aircraft, and drone. The Federal government has recently changed regulations for drone use.
On June 1, 2019, new rules for flying drones from Transport Canada will come into effect. You can read more about the new rules from Transport Canada here. Until June 1, 2019 you need to follow the current rules (details listed below).
If you fly your drone for fun and it weighs more than 250 g and up to 35 kg, you do not need special permission from Transport Canada to fly.
The list below is an overview of the current rules (up until June 1, 2019) for recreational drone users.
Following the basic safety rules below will help keep people, aircraft and property safe. If you fly where you are not allowed or choose not to follow the rules below, you could face fines of up to $3,000.
Fly your drone:
- below 90 m above the ground
- at least 30 m away from vehicles, vessels, and the public (if your drone weighs more than 250 g up to 1 kg)
- at least 75 m away from vehicles, vessels, and the public (if your drone weighs more than 1 kg up to 35 kg)
- at least 5.5 km away from aerodromes (any airport, seaplane base, or areas where aircraft take-off and land)
- at least 1.8 km away from heliports or aerodromes used by helicopters only
- outside of controlled or restricted airspace
- at least 9 km away from a natural hazard or disaster area
- away from areas where operation could interfere with police or first responders
- during the day and not in clouds
- within your sight at all times
- within 500 m of yourself or closer
- only if clearly marked with your name, address, and telephone number
Tips for recreational drone users (drones under 250 g)
- Fly your drone during daylight and in good weather.
- Keep your drone where you can see it with your own eyes – not through an on-board camera, monitor or smartphone.
- Make sure your drone is safe for flight before take-off. Ask yourself, for example: Are the batteries fully charged? Is it too cold to fly?
- Respect the privacy of others. Avoid flying over private property or taking photos or videos without permission.
Permission and safety requirements
To fly your unmanned aircraft for film work, you need to follow strict safety conditions outlined in an exemption or apply for permission from Transport Canada. It depends on the type of aircraft, its weight and how and where you plan to use it.
Transport Canada has announced new rules for flying drones in Canada. These rules will come into effect on June 1, 2019. You can read up on the new rules but you still need to follow the current rules as well as RMOW and Whistler-specific permissions and safety requirements.
If your aircraft weighs 250 grams or more, or if you are using a drone for work purposes, you need to apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate before you can use it.
Information on flying a drone in BC Parks.
Please note that Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain do not permit the use of recreational drones.
The RMOW requires you to complete a Film Permit if you plan on using a drone for commercial use within the resort.
Festivals, Events & Animation Supervisor