You must obtain a permit for still photo shoots and filming in the parks. We must receive your application at least 10 days before the intended photo shoot.

Drones Prohibited in Parks

he MPRB prohibits the operation of drones within parks:

  • PB2-11. – Model planes.
    • No model airplane flying shall be permitted in parks, parkways or on playgrounds except under rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the board. (Code 1960, As Amend., § 1010.150; Pk. Bd. Ord. No. 78-108, § 1, 10-4-78)
  • PB2-31. – Aircraft prohibited.
    • No person shall use any land or water, under the jurisdiction or control of the park and recreation board, for a take-off or landing area for aircraft of any kind, whether motorized or non-motorized, without first obtaining a permit from the superintendent. (Code 1960, As Amend., § 1045.230; 2001-101, § 1, 6-20-01)

The FAA has defined drones as “aircraft.” As such, there may be additional Federal regulations (licenses and/or permits).

Commercial
$315 per day and location

Individual/Group Portrait
Still photography permits at Cowles Conservatory only permitted during hours of operation; permit applications accepted no more than 4 weeks in advance.
$47 per 1.5 hours

Individual/Group Portrait
Still photography permits at the Cowles Conservatory only permitted during hours of operation; permit applications accepted no more than 4 weeks in advance.
$315 annual

Change Order Fee
You will need a new permit.
$35 per change order

Video Filming

Filming Permit Application [PDF]

Drones in Parks

The MPRB prohibits the operation of drones within parks:

  • PB2-11. – Model planes.
    • No model airplane flying shall be permitted in parks, parkways or on playgrounds except under rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the board. (Code 1960, As Amend., § 1010.150; Pk. Bd. Ord. No. 78-108, § 1, 10-4-78)
  • PB2-31. – Aircraft prohibited.
    • No person shall use any land or water, under the jurisdiction or control of the park and recreation board, for a take-off or landing area for aircraft of any kind, whether motorized or non-motorized, without first obtaining a permit from the superintendent. (Code 1960, As Amend., § 1045.230; 2001-101, § 1, 6-20-01)

The FAA has defined drones as “aircraft.” As such, there may be additional Federal regulations (licenses and/or permits).

Documentary
$262 per day and location

Low Impact Commercial
$525 per day and location

High Impact Commercial
$1,050 per day and location

Major Motion Picture
Fees negotiable

Low impact* fee
*Low impact is defined as:
Less than five crew and less than ten talents
A maximum of two crew trucks allowed
No semi-trailers

Change Order Fee
You will need a new permit.
$50 per change order

Insurance Information

Applicants must file a certificate of insurance in the amount of $250,000/$750,000 for bodily injury – $300,000 property damage with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board as an additional named insured for the time associated with the event.

Send certificate of insurance to:
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Special Services/Permits
2117 West River Road
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55411

Call 612-230-6400 for assistance.