Apply for a Seattle Film Permit

The Film Office is operating at a limited capacity from Monday, December 26, 2016 to Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Permit processing time may be longer than usual during this time. Please e-mail your permits to filmoffice@seattle.gov

Thank you for your interest in obtaining a Seattle Film Permit for your production.

To apply for a Seattle Film Permit, please complete and submit the two application forms listed below in writable PDF format to  filmoffice@seattle.gov.

Hand-written applications will not be accepted. We recommend completing the application forms using an up-to-date version of Adobe Reader. Do not complete the forms in your browser. 

There is a 3 business day minimum turnaround to obtain a Seattle Film Permit for lower impact work or filming in City Parks.  Higher impact filming, including traffic control, stunts, and after-hours work, requires at least a 5 business day turnaround and may require more location prep on your end including neighborhood notification, sign-offs, and other outreach. Refer to our FAQs page for more information. 

If you have questions about the permitting process, please reach out to the e-mail above, or contact the permitting office at 206-233-3948.


Step One:  Master Permit Application (PDF) - Submit one Master Film Permit Application for your project. All location requests (below) will be included within this permission. Be sure to assign a contact with the production as the Authorized Agent on the application. The Authorized Agent is the person responsible for the crew's adherence to the conditions of the permit. 

Step Two: Location Form (PDF) - A separate Location Form is required for each public location you'll be filming, and for any production vehicle street parking reservations. If you would like to apply for a "roving" b-roll permit, please check the b-roll/scenic filming box on the first page of the Location Form and indicate the date range. 

Step Three: Location Map (PDF examples): A map showing the filming activity and street parking reservations is required for each Location Form submitted (see map examples below). Maps can be submitted in PDF or in JPG format. Maps are not required for b-roll/scenic applications. 

    When you are ready to apply, please submit all forms as e-mail attachments to: filmoffice@seattle.gov.