Apply for a Seattle Film Permit

Click here to Apply Now
FilmApp Guide / FAQ

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

As of February 26, 2018, film permits will be processed with "Film App," a web-based permitting portal provided by Apply4 Technology. To apply, please do the following:

  • Head over to our Film Permit Application Portal
  • Create a Username and Password, or login if you have already created one
  • Click the "Apply for Permit" button on the right-hand side of the page
  • Navigate through the six information gathering modules to complete and submit your application.
  • Applicants will then recieve a confirmation e-mail, and the Film Permit Specialist will be in touch with you to follow up with any necessary follow-up questions.

Please reach out to the Film Permit Specialist at / 206.233.3948 at any time if you have any questions during the application process.

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. 

Applicants can check the status of their permit at any time by clicking on the "My Applications" tab of their Film App account, which is accessed via the Seattle FilmApp homepage. Please consult our Film App Guide / FAQs for more indepth information about the process, and any quirks or differences from our old process that you may encounter along the way.

For rules and regulations regarding drone use for filming please consult Special Instructions for UAS (Drone) Use Permits

Although we strongly encourage users to adopt the new system now - applicants may still apply for Film Permits via our old process until April 20, 2018.