Apply for a Film Production Permit

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A Film Permit Application must be submitted for commercial filming activities taking place within the city of Kirkland. In addition, any filming activity which impacts the normal use of public rights-of-way within the vicinity (i.e. traffic disruptions, sound amplification, evening lighting, etc.) requires a permit.

Filming on private property does not always require a permit; however, if high risk special effects or pyrotechnics are to be used, permits are required.

Application Process

To apply for a Film Production Permit, follow these steps:

Step 1.Understand the requirements and rules

Step 2.Gather supporting documents

Prepare required documentation:

  • Daily Call Sheet(s)
  • Site Map(s)
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Additional Insured Endorsement Form
  • Traffic Control Plan (if applicable)
  • Remote Pilot Airman's Certificate (if applicable)

Step 3.Complete the application

Once your supporting documents are in order, you can complete the application. Applications must be submitted no less than 5 business days prior to filming and 10 business days prior to filming when traffic disruptions or high risk special effects are anticipated.   

Complete the Film Production Permit Application

Step 4.Pay the application fee

The non-refundable $50.00 Application Fee can be mailed or hand-delivered to:

City of Kirkland
Special Events
123 Fifth Avenue
Kirkland, WA 98033

Step 5.We will contact you

Once the application and fee are received, a permit review will be completed by representatives of the Special Event Service Team. You can expect to receive a response within 2 business days. 

Step 6.Pay the permit fee

Upon approval, the permit will be issued once the daily $110.00 Permit Fee is paid.