The Non-Exclusive Use Permit (NEUP) is for groups operating in Whistler’s parks or trail networks.
This permit is intended for any organization that will operate in Whistler’s parks or trail network without a fixed location.
This Non-exclusive Use Permit (NEUP) process, and Code of Conduct, have been developed in response to the growing popularity of outdoor training, tours and recreational programs, and significantly increased use by the general public. It helps promote equitable access to RMOW lands for businesses and organizations to operate in harmony with other recreational activities, residents and visitors.
This permit supports the Official Community Plan’s Recreation and Leisure Goal 9.9: To balance the use of public amenities for commercial and event use with the needs of residents and visitors.
Following a trial program in 2022, application and permit fees have now been reviewed and formalized in Council Policy I-06: Parks & Recreation Fees & Charges and “Parks & Recreation Fees & Charges Regulation Amendment Bylaw (NEUP) No. 2389, 2023.”
Collected fees will be used to help offset overall costs.
The Non-exclusive Use Permit (NEUP), and Code of Conduct, pertain to all municipally controlled lands, amenities and facilities.
- Lands outside of RMOW jurisdiction include (but are not limited to) Whistler Blackcomb’s Controlled Recreation Area, Crown Land, and privately owned land. Operators should contact the respective agencies to request permission and determine requirements for use, and acquire the appropriate permits or permissions.
- Recreational trails managed by WORCA, Alpine Club of Canada (Whistler Chapter), 99Trails, Squamish Lillooet Regional District, Recreation Sites and Trails BC and BC Parks. Permission to use these trails must be secured from the appropriate organization.
- Use of municipal sports fields, courts and Skateboard Park for group activities. A separate facility booking is required to use these facilities; contact the Outdoor Facilities Coordinator for more information.
- Permit holders are expected to follow all regulations and guidelines outlined in the Code of Conduct.
- Group leaders should wear a uniform, logo or name tag to be identifiable as associated with their organization at all times.
- Permit holders will be required to re-apply annually.