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Seattle Film Manual

While filming in Seattle, many activities will require a Film Permit for the use of city streets, sidewalks, and public parking. 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 on sidewalks will be interrupted
  • A tri-pod or dolly is used on sidewalks or streets
  • 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

All of the information that you need about filming in Seattle can be found in the Seattle Film Manual, available for download or to view as a web page. The Seattle Film Manual contains information about insurance coverage, parking barricades, police, parks use and useful city department and location contacts. The manual also includes necessary forms for filming notification, resident signoffs and barricade verification. Please read the Manual before beginning the permit application process.

If you have any questions, contact us at 206.684.5030 or filmoffice@seattle.gov.