Do I need a permit? A permit is required for still and video commercial shoots and professional photographers who are conducting business on public property. If the photos are for a permitted event in the park, no additional Photo/Film permit is required. If you are shooting for personal use, you do not need a permit. You will need a permit if your shooting will impact others and/or the environment, if you are using the public space in a special/different way than it is intended (ie. as a studio or set) or if you are shooting with a drone. Permit fees and insurance needs will be determined upon review of the completed request form.
If you are requesting a permit for a photo shoot in Shoal Creek Living History Museum in Hodge Park, please complete the form on their web page.
Per City of Kansas City, Missouri Ordinance 50-163, business cannot be conducted on Park or City property without a permit from the appropriate Board.
KC Parks Media & Film/Photo Shoot Permits contact: Heidi (Downer) Markle, 816-513-7527
Please complete this form. Following review/approval by KC Parks staff, a permit fee will be determined and the permit issued upon receipt of payment and insurance (if requested). A minimum of five (5) business days is required to process a photo/film/video shoot permit request.