Increase in local film production has city considering bylaw, fee structure

City considering film bylaw

Following an uptick in film production activity in the Tournament Capital, the city is looking at establishing a film permitting bylaw.

City staff will present a report next week asking council to authorize a bylaw that would create standardized fee structures and allow municipal officials to issue film permits.

“Kamloops’ film production industry has been growing steadily, with more productions being hosted in 2021 than ever before,” the report reads.

“The city provides co-ordination, parking, locations and other support services to film productions on a cost-recovery basis. The city does not currently have a film bylaw, which is required to create the process for obtaining film permits and charging associated fees.”

According to the draft bylaw, film permits would go for $125 for commercial operations and $25 for any charity, non-profit or student production.

Commercial productions would also be required to pay a refundable $5,000 deposit.

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