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Guidelines for independent or commercial filming and photography on UW properties

Thank you for your interest in using the University of Washington for your upcoming film, video or photography production. Our campuses in Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell present a wide variety of location possibilities. To get started, please fill out the Filming Request Form.

Location Agreement

A signed location agreement is required to film or photograph non-UW use productions on any University property. This includes commercial videos, student films, festival or independent films, advertising, TV and movies.

The location agreement may be approved when all the following requirements have been met.

  • The Filming Request Form is submitted at least three (3) weeks prior to your filming or photo date.
  • Specific dates and locations are confirmed and approved by the University’s Director of Brand Management.
  • A Certificate of Insurance is received by the University’s Director of Brand Management no less than three (3) business days prior to filming.
  • UW Transportation Services approves a parking plan for both production vehicles and private cars.


The University is currently reviewing our UAS policy. Certified UAS pilots should adhere to all FAA regulations while on UW property. Non-commercial pilots are expected to adhere to the FAA’s Small UAS Rule (14 CFR part 107).

Filming cannot interfere with normal University business and/or previously scheduled University events. Therefore we do not allow filming in classroom during the Fall, Winter or Spring academic quarters.

The UW’s hospitals and medical centers are active spaces all year, and are not available for filming. We do not have “model” surgery or patient care rooms available.

We do not allow use of the UW Reading Room in Suzzallo Library, the Rainier Vista view which includes Drumheller Fountain and Mt. Rainier, and the Block W statues located at entrances to all of our campuses. These locations are considered “branded” and unique to the UW.

Location agreements are not required for outdoor wedding photography, as long as it does not disrupt regular UW business or academics. Wedding photography in one of our indoor spaces does require approval prior to use.



up to 6 hours $700
up to 12 hours $1,200
up to 24 hours $2,400


1–2 hours $200
up to 6 hours $400
up to 12 hours $600

Room Rentals

Rentals fees may vary depending on room and requirements


Parking can be paid in bulk for all vehicles, and must be arranged in advance. Fees are generally $15 per day per vehicle.


Please contact Alanya Cannon, Director of Brand Management, Campus Filming and University Photography at or 206-616-5535 for more detailed information.