New rules for film companies

Public notification and consultations required for permit to film in Abbotsford.

New rules will require film companies to consult with the public prior to obtaining a permit.

New rules will require film companies to consult with the public prior to obtaining a permit.

TV and movie production companies will have to consult and inform the public before receiving a permit to film in Abbotsford once an amended special events bylaw is adopted by council next week.

Council, which unanimously voted to give the revised bylaws three readings at Monday’s meeting, heard from staff that consultation was previously done on an “ad hoc” basis, resulting in some neighbourhood disruptions.

The bylaw means film companies must go through the same health and safety procedures as those who stage other special events in the city. More than two dozen film shoots took place in Abbotsford in 2015, more than double than in 2014.

The move brings the city in line with special events guidelines established by the province in 2014.