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.

Sculpture Garden not available for still photo or video filming permits until 2017 due to construction

Still Photo

Still Photo Permit Application

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

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.