Know your fees

All licences expire at midnight, one year from the date of issue.

Licence application fees

  • Theatre exhibiting to multiple people at a time (multi-seat)
    • For each general release screen: $171
    • For each Adult/Restricted screen: $285
  • Theatre exhibiting to one person at a time (booth)
    • For the first Adult/Restricted screen at a location: $285
    • For each additional screen at the same location: $114
  • Video retailer: $171
  • Adult film retailer: $285
  • Motion picture distributor operating on a for-profit basis*
    • Unlimited submissions per year: $661
    • Limited to the submission of 6 titles per year: $241
    • Limited to the submission of 1 title per year: $32
  • Video distributor: $241
  • Adult film distributor: $661
  • Multi-purpose distributor: $718

Licence renewal fees

For applications submitted more than two weeks prior to licence expiry

  • Theatre exhibiting to multiple people at a time (multi-seat)
    • For each general release screen: $114
    • For each Adult/Restricted screen: $228
  • Theatre exhibiting to one person (booth)
    • For the first Adult/Restricted screen at a location: $228
    • For each additional screen at the same location: $57
  • Video retailer: $114
  • Adult film retailer: $228
  • Motion picture distributor operating on a for-profit basis*
    • Unlimited submissions per year: $604
    • Limited to the submission of 6 titles per year: $184
    • Limited to the submission of 1 title per year: $32
  • Video distributor: $184
  • Adult film distributor: $604
  • Multi-purpose distributor: $661

For applications submitted within two weeks prior to licence expiry

  • Theatre exhibiting to multiple people at a time (multi-seat)
    • For each general release screen: $171
    • For each Adult/Restricted screen: $285
  • Theatre exhibiting to one person (booth)
    • For the first Adult/Restricted screen at a location: $285
    • For each additional screen at the same location: $114
  • Video retailer: $171
  • Adult film retailer: $285
  • Motion picture distributor operating on a for-profit basis*
    • Unlimited submissions per year: $661
    • Limited to the submission of 6 titles per year: $241
    • Limited to the submission of 1 title per year $89
  • Video distributor: $241
  • Adult film distributor: $661
  • Multi-purpose distributor: $718

Classification fees

  • Motion picture submitted in DCP format
    • For review and certification of the first copy: $2.08 per minute
    • For certification of each additional copy: $1.04 per minute
  • Motion picture submitted in a format other than DCP by a licensed motion picture distributor operating on a for-profit basis*
    • For review and certification of the first copy: $2.08 per minute
    • For certification of each additional copy: $1.04 per minute
  • Advertising trailer submitted by a licensed motion picture distributor operating on a for-profit basis*
    • For review and certification of the first copy: $10.40
    • For certification of each additional copy: $10.40
  • Adult or Restricted motion picture intended for exhibition in a booth
    • For review and certification of the first copy: $2.08 per minute
    • For certification of each additional copy: $2
  • Adult or Restricted DVD intended for retail distribution
    • For review and certification: $3.70 per minute
    • For each decal: $2
  • General release DVD intended for retail distribution
    • For review of each title (for individual features): $52
    • For review of each episode (for a TV series): $52

Find out how to get your content classified (rated).

Other fees and charges

  • Application for reconsideration of a decision: $242
  • Change in licensee’s name or change in licensed location address:  $57
  • Change in senior officers / shareholder of the licensee:  $57
  • Submitting an NSF payment or declined credit card payment:  $55

Read about our reconsideration process.

*If you are a non-profit society registered with the Province of BC, a Canadian charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency, or a local government in BC, you are not considered as operating on a for-profit basis.

All fees and charges will increase each year by 2% on the anniversary of the effective date.

Read the notification of fee changes for motion picture distributors, retailers and theatres (2018-2020)