Special Event

Having a Special Event?

You may need a permit to ensure your event meets public safety standards and it occurs in a manner that does not unreasonably disturb the neighborhood. Special events include outdoor group activities such as fundraisers, fairs, exhibitions, parades, and fun runs. Most private events with less than 125 people on private property do not need a permit.

Special event regulations have been in effect since 2011. Under this process, applications for smaller events are due 30 days prior to the event; large special events are due 60 days prior to the event. The city is required to approve or deny smaller event permit applications within 15 days and larger event applications within 30 days.

Permit Types

There are only three types of special event permits: (1) Larger special events involving more than 125 participants; (2) Smaller special events; and (3) Block parties when a public street is to be closed and involving less than 75 of the neighbors.

Group Events in City Parks

Group events planned in a city park need to contact the Parks Department to make arrangements.
Large group events in a city park may also need a special event permit (PDF).

Block Party Permits

You may obtain a block party event permit directly from the Police Department at 425-670-8260 or by emailing the Police Department.

Applications for all other special events are available at City Hall and at the link above. For questions, call the Community and Economic Development Department at 425-744-6266.