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.

Still Photo

Still Photo Permit Application [PDF]

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
$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]

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
$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.