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.

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Drones Prohibited in Parks


Commercial
$300 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.
$45 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.
$300 annual

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

Video Filming

Video Filming Permit Application [PDF]

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Drones in Parks


Documentary
$250 per day and location

Low Impact Commercial
$500 per day and location

High Impact Commercial
$1,000 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.