Permits, violations & licenses

Apply for a media permit

Media projects including videos, photos, and film need a permit to shoot on Philadelphia Parks & Recreation property.

Who

You need a permit if you want to shoot video, photos, or film at:

  • All City parks.
  • Philadelphia Parks & Recreation facilities, like rec centers.
  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Where and when

Apply by mail:

  • Permit applications must be filed at least 10 business days before the first day of shooting to avoid additional charges.
  • Applications filed less than 10 business days before the first day of shooting will be charged an additional $100 or 25 percent of the site fee, whichever is greater.
  • Applications filed less than three business days before the first day of shooting will be charged an additional $200 or 30 percent of site fee, whichever is greater.
  • Applications for student, public service announcement (PSA), tourism, and B-roll filing filed less than 10 business days before the first day of shooting will be charged $100; applications filed less than three business days will be charged $200.

How

To get a permit, you’ll need:

  • A certificate of insurance.
  • Payment for the permit. Please note we do not accept credit cards.

Press conference, tourism, B-roll, PSA, and student filming permit applications will be verified with permit applicant for accuracy

Student Film projects must include a letter from a faculty member, on school letterhead, indicating the filming is relevant to course work. In all cases, a security deposit is required.

To get a permit:

1
Download the permit application.

Click on the media permit application form to download it.

2
Print the permit application.
3
Complete the permit application
4
Mail completed application with check or money order to:
PPR Special Events Office, CASE Bldg.
4300 S. Concourse Dr.
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Note: We do not accept credit card payments.

A copy of the permit must remain on-site for review at all times. Permits are non-transferable.

Refunds will not be granted for inclement weather. Additional fees may be charged for rescheduling.


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