Buildings to Avoid

Not a building, but very peaceful, and legal to photograph


DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE. I AM NOT A LAWYER. DO NOT DEPEND ON THIS.

U.S. Buildings

Owners of the following U.S. landmarks may have indicated that commercial photography may require permission:

  • Biltmore House and Estate
  • Chicago Board of Trade
  • Chicago Navy Pier
  • Chrysler Building
  • Disneyland and DisneyWorld
  • Falling Water House
  • Famous Carlsbad Flower Fields
  • Flatiron Building
  • The Getty Center and The J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Graceland
  • Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Hearst Castle
  • Hollywood Sign (trademark)
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame (artwork and trademark)
  • Lone Cypress at Pebble Beach (a tree)
  • NY Stock Exchange
  • Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Seattle Space Needle
  • Times Square
  • Transamerica Pyramid
  • Universal Studios
  • University of California
  • Willis (formerly Sears) Tower

Outside the U.S.

Other countries have differing rules. Countries with more restrictive photography laws include:

  • Australia: Ayers Rock (OK, not a building); Sydney Opera House
  • Belgium: Atomium
  • Canada: CN Tower
  • Dubai: Burj Al Arab
  • England: 30 St Mary Ave (The Gherkin); British Royal Residences; Eurostar; London Eye; Millennium Dome
  • France: Castles; Grande Arche de la Defense; Eiffel Tower at night with light show; Louvre and IM Pei’s Pyramid; Private houses in Loire; TGV train; Versaille;
  • Germany: ICE train; Olympiapark (Stadium,Tower)
  • Japan: Bullet trains
  • Taiwan: Taipei 101

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