Apply for a Seattle Film Permit

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.

Film Permit Application Steps and Document
UAS (Drone) Use

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 here in writable PDF format to

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.