Filming & Photography Permits

Houses at Fort Columbia State Park, green lawn in front and trees in background
Washington State Parks offers more than 100 beautiful parks with a variety of natural settings, architectural structures, and historic sites, including seven military forts.

Permits are required for commercial filming, professional still photography, and educational filming / photography. For adequate processing time, please submit your permit application two weeks prior to the date you plan to film or take photos.

Waterfall at Wallace Falls State Park with flourishing green forest surrounding the waterfall

Commercial Filming & Professional Photography


Commercial purpose definition: When an individual or organization wants to film and/or take still photography in a state park with the intent to sell or otherwise use the products for an economic gain (includes catalog or other advertising still photography).

The application fee is $100 when a completed application is received more than seven days prior to the date of the activity. If less than seven days prior to the date of the activity, see the fee schedule.

For still photography activities that include no more than two paid staff, the application fee entitles the applicant to an annual permit from the date of issue for the park specified in the application. This excludes photography with the intent of advertising a product.

A bond or insurance binder is required for all activities.

Additional fees may be assessed for activities that have the potential for affect the park, public and environment based on agency staff review. See attached fee schedule.

To apply for a filming or professional photography permit, complete the Film Permit Application and submit it to the appropriate park or region staff as listed below. Detailed process information is available in the film permit instructions.

Aerial photograph of Steamboat Rock with trees growing out of large rock cliffs, lake in background

Educational Filming & Photography


Washington State Parks encourages the use of parks for film and photo students.
Education purpose definition: When an individual or organization wants to film and/or take still photography in a state park as part of a formal education requirement for which they are receiving credit from an accredited educational establishment and has no intent to sell or otherwise use the products for economic gain.

Qualified education endeavors do not require an application fee. A bond or insurance binder is required for all activities; qualified school insurance is acceptable. Additional fees or restrictions on activities in lieu of fees may be assessed for activities that have the potential to affect the park, public or environment based on agency staff review.

Use of Drones


Drones are considered remote-controlled aircraft. Use of drones in state parks, whether for filming or other use, may be allowed in some state parks only by permission of the agency director. Regulations about the use of remote-controlled aircraft state parks are spelled out in WAC 352-32-130 (4) and (5).

Contact Information


To apply for permits, send a completed application, payment and insurance binder to the park where the activities will occur using the contact list.

Should you need additional information or are unable to use the provided links, you may contact the following locations for assistance or to request a printed application packet. appropriate region office listed below for full details.

Eastern Region Office


270 Ninth Street NE
Suite 200
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
Ph: 509-665-4319
Email

Headquarters


1111 Israel Road SW
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504
Ph: 360-902-8844
Email

Southwest Region Office


1111 Israel Road SW
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504
Ph: 360-725-9770
Email

Northwest Region Office


220 N. Walnut St.
Burlington, WA 98233
Ph: 360-755-9231
Email
Download a complete application packet that includes all associated documents included above.

For additional filming opportunities within Washington, please visit the 
Washington Film Works website.

For more information regarding state permitting requirements, contact the 
Governor's Office of Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA).