Film Permit Application Instructions

The Film Office will be closed for the holidays from December 23 through January 1. No film permits will be processed during this time frame.

Any productions wishing to film during this time frame must have their permits finalized with the Film Office by December 21 at the latest. Permits take 3 to 5 business days to process. Please plan accordingly.

To apply for a Seattle Film Permit, please complete and submit the two application forms listed here 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.

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.

*The Master Permit Application and Location Form(s) must be submitted digitally, as filable PDFs. Handwritten applications / scans will not be accepted. Let us know if you have any difficulties with this.