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Photography permits

A photographer takes wedding photos, an activity that requires a permit.
The Morton Arboretum is the ideal picture-perfect setting for any portrait.  A permit is required for all posed and formal photography or video recording. 

Permit sales are subject to availability, and the permit must be applied for at least three days prior to the date of photography (a $25 fee is added to last minute transactions).  The last permit on weekends (Fri - Sun) is good until 5 PM.  See photo permit application below for more information on fees and regulations. Prices are subject to change without prior notice. When you decide to hold your event at The Morton Arboretum, we will gladly waive the customary permit fee. 

How to purchase a photography permit:

Download and complete the photo permit agreement and follow instructions to submit the document. PDF icon 2016 Photo Permit Agreement.pdf

Commercial photography and video recording rates vary. For more information, email your questions to

NOTE: Smoking, alcohol, and pets are not allowed during photo sessions. Drones, including those used for photography, are not allowed. Please see the Arboretum etiquette page  for more information.  

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