Thank you for your interest in filming at Pike Place Market.
Filming/Photography Applications are required at least 15 business days in advance of requested filming date.
Filming/Photography is only permitted Monday-Thursday.
Weekend or holiday filmings/photography are not permitted.
All filming and photography projects require authorization from the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) Marketing department. With the exception of breaking news, no filming/photography projects will be accommodated with less than 24 hours’ notice.
All requests are evaluated on an individual basis. Film/Photography productions that align with Pike Place Market's mission and brand values receive priority. Our mission as stated in the Market's charter is to support farmers and food retailing as well as local, independent businesses. The PDA reserves the right to approve or deny permits.
COVID-19 Rules for Commercial Filming
The safety of our shoppers and Market businesses is our top priority. All approved film projects must follow the below guidelines to comply with Pike Place Market and King County Public Health guidelines.
- Before coming onsite, all crew members must take the Safe Shopper Pledge
- All crew members must wear a mask the entire time they are at the Market
- Crew sizes must be 4 people or less
- If a crew has been approved to interact with a Market merchant, they must maintain a 6-foot distance
- When crews arrive onsite they will be screened for signs of COVID including a digital temperature check
- Some permits require approval from the City of Seattle please review their guidelines before submitting an application
Steps to Filming Permit:
1. Review the Location Guidelines
2. Apply for Permit: Commercial Film & Photography Application
- All details must be finalized in order to process your request and ensure we can accommodate the work in complaince with Pike Place Market's regulations and safety requirements.
- A Certificate of Insurance, approved permit, payment and signed contract are required prior to filming.
- Permits from Washington Filmworks and the City of Seattle do not grant permission to film or photograph at Pike Place Market or within the nine-acre historic district. This includes permits to fly drones in any part of the Market’s boundaries.
Personal Photography: Visitors are welcome to take photos and video for personal use on a visit to the Market. Anything other than personal use or with more than one handheld camera requires a filming permit from the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA). The use of drones or other unmanned equipment is strictly prohibited in Pike Place Market and within the nine-acre historic district. In consideration for public safety, tripods are not allowed within the nine-acre historic district for personal use.
Commercial Film and Photography QUICK FACTS:
- Location Guidelines
- Filming is only permitted Tuesday-Thursday due to the crowded conditions in and around the Market. No weekends or holidays. It is preferred that filming takes place during non-peak hours, before 11 a.m. or after 2 p.m. Additional blackout dates and times may apply.
- Taking photos or videos of or at Pike Place Market for commercial purposes, including all stock images, advertising and merchandise, is prohibited without a film license granted from the PDA.
- The Pike Place Market PDA owns trademark rights to the Pike Place Market name (and associated names), the Public Market Center clock and sign image, and other famous Market imagery. For additional information on Trademark rights and Licensing, click here.
- We reserve the right to deny any shoot at any time if it is not in the best interest of vendors, tenants, residents, staff, Market-goers, or if it defies the Market’s mission or any of the guidelines outlined.
- Due to the volume of requests, we cannot accommodate pilot TV programs, student films, unsold documentaries or films.
- The use of Market property for company R&D, product testing, user experience, etc. is prohibited.
- Outside location agreements and non-disclosure agreements will not be signed.
The Pike Place Market PDA (Preservation and Development Authority) owns trademark rights to the Pike Place Market name (and associated names), the Public Market Center clock and sign image, and other iconic Market imagery.
The PDA is committed to protecting the use of Pike Place Market trademarks. Use of the PDA’s trademark on any products or to promote products or business are expressly prohibited unless a licensing agreement has been approved by the PDA Council. This includes the use of photos or video taken within the Market or of the Market for anything other than personal use, including images that are sold/considered for commercial use after the fact. All commercial filming or photography taken in the Market requires a filming permit obtained in advance.
To inquire about trademark rights and usage, please contact
PDA Marketing Department
News Media on Assignment:
Photographers or members of the media on assignment to cover a news story related to Pike Place Market or its merchants, vendors, craftspeople or staff, should contact the PDA Communications & Marketing department as soon as possible to request interviews and filming access before admittance to the Market.
Except in the event of breaking news, no day-of media will be accommodated to film at the Market. The Marketing department staff will grant access to the Market, assist in arranging film locations and interviews. Click here for more information.
Media Cell Phone (for day of assignments only): 206-724-8142
Amy Wallsmith, Director of Marketing & Program Development
Madison Bristol, Senior Public Relations and Programs Specialist