PLEASE NOTE: The Friends of the Conservatory staff is not authorized to make arrangements for photography in the Conservatory, it is handled by the Seattle Parks Department. We provide this information here for your convenience.

Please contact the Parks Event Scheduling Office to inquire about current permit fees. One week minimum advance notice required.

  • Please do not sit, stand, or place props or equipment in the displays. The rockeries are not safe for sitting.
  • Do not use aerosols or spray bottles such as art fixative inside the building.
  • Our benches and floors are porous and easily stained by pastels, charcoal and paints. Please bring a tray or mat to hold your supplies.
  • No food or drink is permitted.


The Seattle Parks Department requires a permit for professional/formal and portrait photography, and the Conservatory requires that it take place after hours – after 4:30. Permits will not be issued during open public hours.

For information on fees and to schedule an after-hours photo shoot, contact the Parks Scheduling Office at 206-684-4081.


Commercial filming and photography (product advertising or promotion, magazine editorial content, commercial websites), filming for corporate videos, television programming, television commercials, and feature films is permitted with a Seattle Film Permit.

The fee for a Seattle Film Permit is $25 per day.

You will need to schedule a time in the Conservatory after public hours, after 4:30 pm any day that is free on the calendar. In most cases, you will need to hire a staff member to be with you during your shoot.

If the impact of the project is considered high, you may be required to pay a $500/$1,000 security deposit. Commercial filming and photography productions are required to provide a Certificate of Insurance covering the City of Seattle unless criteria in the Seattle Film Manual are met.

Seattle Office of Film Music
Phone: 206-733-9245