Local Governments

Local governments play a key role in the production process by providing production companies with access to government services such as police and fire and coordinating the use of public property, parks, and all other municipal services required when shooting a production on location. Most municipal governments have film guidelines available online which cover issues including parking, traffic control and fire regulations. Many have full-time motion picture coordination staff.

There are also regional authorities that oversee common resources like water, sewage systems, and transit (e.g. bridges, rapid transit, bus systems). Regional authorities also represent some unorganized territories where municipal governments do not exist.

Regional authorities include Regional Districts and Transit Authorities such as the Metro Vancouver District, Capital Regional District and Greater Vancouver Transit Authority (Translink). In the case of Gulf Island communities, The Islands Trust is the agency responsible. Where the regional government owns facilities or infrastructure, it is directly involved in location permitting.