Photo/Video Permit

Do I need a permit?

A photo/video permit is required for any commercial, non-commercial, or student produced film, video or photography activity that occurs in Lakewood limits and meets any of the following criteria for the activity:

  • Takes place at any city owned property, including public buildings, parks, open spaces, reservoirs, public streets, sidewalks, or other areas maintained and owned by the city of Lakewood. 
  • Is on private property and will cause a nuisance or disruption to the visitors, businesses or residents in the area. The disruption could be anything from a large gathering, loud noises, impacts to traffic, etc.
  • Involves carrying or displaying weapons, real or fake in view of the public. Discharge of firearms is illegal within city limits.
  • Involves the use of pyrotechnics (use of fireworks is illegal in city limits).
  • Involves costumes, props, or equipment in a public location that is within view of the public that may cause a disruption or have the potential to startle or upset residents.

A permit is NOT required for photos or video taken for personal use, by news media, or by nature/portrait photographers, or for things like engagement or family photos as long as the activities do not cause a nuisance or disruption to the visitors, businesses or residents in the area. There is no fee for a photo/video permit.  


Please note the following restrictions on activities:

  • Motorized travel off public streets or roadways is prohibited unless approved in writing by the city in advance.
  • Nudity of any kind is strictly prohibited.
  • No modifications or attachments shall be made to any city facilities.
  • No use of glitter, rice, silly string, bubbles, sparklers, fake snow, confetti or similar substances in city facilities.
  • No open flames are allowed in city facilities.
  • No firework displays or pyrotechnic without written authorization.



The applicant agrees to the following:

  • To be charged for damage resulting from photo/video activities.
  • To follow all city and fire codes.
  • To indemnify and hold harmless the city of Lakewood from and against any and all claims, damages, losses and expenses, arising out of or resulting from the photo/video activities.
  • Only area(s) approved on the permit will be used.
  • To acknowledge that our facilities are public venues which may be in use during the photo/video activities.
  • Only the applicant named is authorized, this authorization is non-assignable.
  • Issuance of the Permit in no way constitutes an endorsement by the city. Applicant shall not imply in any way that the city is sponsoring, co-sponsoring or endorsing the photo/video activities unless expressly authorized in advance in writing.

Complete Application