Washington Filmworks uses our Location of the Month newsletters to showcase the diversity of unique looks and resources for production in a number of jurisdictions around Washington State. Find previous installments archived on our website and on the WF Blog.

The City of Puyallup

You can find Puyallup in the beautiful Puget Sound region of Washington State, situated in the heart of a valley with majestic Mount Rainier as its backdrop. Since its earliest days, Puyallup has been associated with alluvial soil optimal for agriculture, and the Washington State Fair. Named after the Puyallup Tribe of Native Americans, Puyallup means “the generous people.” The city has a walkable and historic downtown, a river with seasonal salmon runs, and a growing commercial area on south hill. You can also experience the outdoor art sculpture gallery in downtown that contains almost 50 pieces of permanent, public-owned art as well as several other rotating pieces.

City of Puyallup Weather

Photo Credit: Icarus Aerial Images

Puyallup enjoys a mild climate year-round and experiences each of the four seasons. Snow in winter is the exception rather than the rule, and the temperatures in summer rarely rise to the mid-90s or above.


Average Temperature:
January – High 47.0 F, Low 32.0 F

July – High 78.0 F, Low 50.0 F


January Rainfall – 5.59 inches

July Rainfall – 0.82 inches

Projects Filmed in Puyallup

Photo Credit: Jim Martinson

Key Locations of Interest

Photo Credit: Melanie L. Harding

Closest Large Cities Adjacent

  • Olympia is approximately 33 miles from Puyallup
  • Seattle is approximately 30 miles from Puyallup
  • Tacoma is approximately 6 miles from Puyallup

Distance to Closest Large Airport


  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is approximately 23 miles from Puyallup

Relevant Contact Names & Information

Photo Credit: The Liberty Theater

  • Local Film Liaison
        Brenda Fritsvold, Public Affairs Officer, City of Puyallup

(253) 770-3370, Brenda@ci.puyallup.wa.us

  • Agency that issues permits and costs
        Mary Winter, City Clerk, City of Puyallup, Special Use Permit
(253) 841-4321, mwinter@ci.puyallup.wa.us

  • Police or Sheriff’s Department or agency that handles traffic control
       Captain Scott Engle, Professional Services Captain, Puyallup Police Department
(253) 841-5415, scotte@ci.puyallup.wa.us


Photo Credit: City of Puyallup

A list of accommodations are below:


1411 Fourth Ave., Suite 420
Seattle,WA 98101
(206) 264-0667

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