Seattle Film Permit Applications
Film permits are a critical component when you are filming on public property, and for staging vehicles or equipment on public property while filming on private property. Film permits allow you first right for the public locations you are working. The $25/day Seattle Film Permit allows work on Seattle City streets, sidewalks, Parks, and street parking. Our office will assist you with what notification is required at your filming location, and will help connect you with organizations and locations not covered by the Seattle Film Permit.
Complete filming guidelines are detailed in the Seattle Film Manual.
YOU WILL NEED A PERMIT WHILE FILMING ON PUBLIC CITY OF SEATTLE PROPERTY IF:
- Traffic will be interrupted on City streets
- Pedestrian traffic will be interrupted
- A tripod or dolly is used on sidewalks, streets, or in parks
- Wires or cables run across or over sidewalks
- A generator is used on public property
- Public parking will be impacted
- You are filming in a City Park
- A weapon, authentic or replica, is used and/or ammunition discharged
- The Office of Film + Music determines the need in other filming situations
To apply for the Seattle Film Permit, complete the Film Permit Application form.
You must also complete a separate Location Site Plan for each public location you'll be filming.
Email completed application forms in Word (.doc or .docx) format to Film Permit Specialist Sam Mouser at email@example.com 206-233-3948.
Zero-impact B-Roll and Scenic Filming Applications
If you are filming zero impact b-roll, scenic, and man-on-the-street footage, the City of Seattle can issue a Roving Film Permit for your work on most exterior public City of Seattle Property.
PRODUCTIONS THAT QUALIFY FOR THE ROVING FILM PERMIT MUST MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
- Five or less total cast and crew
- Only one camera
- Outdoor production only
- Traffic control not required
- No interruption to pedestrian activity
- No electrical generation, wires, cables run, or lights set-up
- Public parking will not be impacted
- Not filming in City Park
To apply for a Roving Film Permit, download and complete the Roving Film Permit Application form. Include a list of your expected filming locations so we can put you in touch with locations not covered in the Seattle Film Permit.
Email the completed application form in a Word (.doc or .docx) format to Film Permit Specialist Sam Mouser at firstname.lastname@example.org 206-233-3948.
Film Permit Application and Location Site Plan Examples:
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