What is the purpose of this permit?
Film and Photography Permits are required for commercial filming, professional still photography, and educational filming / photography in Washington State Parks.
Who issues this permit?
Washington State Parks and Recreation
What activities require this permit?
Commercial filming, professional still photography, and educational filming and photography.
How much will this permit cost?
The application fee for Commercial Film/Still Photography is $100. Additional fees will be assessed for activities that have the potential to affect the park, public and environment based on agency staff review.
Filming/still photography for strictly educational purposes may have some or all of the applicable fees waived based on the disruption of normal park use and activities.
Where can I get the application for this permit?
The application is online and can be accessed at http://parks.state.wa.us/209/Filming-Photography-Permits
How long will it take to review my application?
The estimated processing time for a completed application is up to 60 days.
Permit Timeliness Results
Permit Timeliness data collection is in response to a State Auditor’s Performance Audit and RCW 43.42A. Each regulatory agency developed a plan to improve permit clarity, predictability, and timeliness. Each agency considers the customers experience to ensure permit assistance is simple to use, easy to access, and designed in a customer-friendly manner. Agencies report progress to the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA). ORIA prepares and distributes reports, with participation from the State Auditor’s Office and Results Washington. See latest report here: https://www.oria.wa.gov/ORIA-2020-PermitTimelinessProgressReport.pdf.
All permits submitted for reporting were entered into this Regulatory Handbook. Here are the results of the performance data:Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Process a Permit Application (Definition)Average number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1Maximum number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Issue a Permit Decision (Definition)Average number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 5.1Maximum number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 55
(Summary results based on 103 submittals in 2022)
Where can I get permitting assistance?
Helpdesk phone: See notes/comments for contact information
Publications: Applicant File Process Package and updated agency procedure in finalized September 2016 and is currently beginning implementation statewide.