Special Events

Preview 2019 fee changes for SFD special events

It is necessary to balance the probable impact of special events with the safety needs of the participants and the rest of the community.

You are required to provide a safe and secure environment for an event. This is accomplished through planning and anticipating potential problems and concerns. To help you prepare:

Special Event Permit Fees

The initial event permit fee is based on the type of the event and the number of people who will attend the event.

Late Fee

You must have your application submitted per the deadline schedule for the event you are planning or a late fee will be assessed.

  • Most applications must be submitted either 10 or 30 calendar days prior to the event date.
  • Temporary assembly occupancy and firework display permit applications must be submitting 30 days prior to the event date.

Applications received less than 3 business days prior to an event may not be processed and no permit will be issued.

When a permit is required:

Operating a carnival, expo, fair or alterations to the existing exiting configuration, character or use of the facility in any manner. When using a liquid or gas fueled vehicle or equipment for display or competition inside an assembly occupancy. Separate permits are required for use of candles or other open flame devices, flammable or combustible liquids or gases, special effects/pyrotechnics (fireworks), cryogenics or any time a material or operations is introduced into an assembly occupancy that could possibly pose a hazard.

Questions about Special Events

Temporary Assembly Occupancy or Outdoor Events

CodePermit TitlePrice
2500FM  Farmer's Market No Fee 
2503*  Indoor, Event attendance of 0 - 999 $284.00 
2503.2*  Outdoor, Event attendance of 500 - 999 or 100 - 999 where enclosures or barricades confine attendees  $284.00 
2505.1*  Indoor or Outdoor, Event attendance of 1,000 - 2,999 $467.00 
2505.2*  Indoor or Outdoor, Event attendance of 3,000 - 9,999 $932.00 
2505.3*  Event attendance of 10,000 - 19,999 $1,331.00 
2505.4*  Event attendance 20,000 and over $2664.00

Note: If an outdoor confined space event is attached to/or occurs in conjunction with an indoor space, the cumulative attendance for both spaces is used to determine if a permit is required. 

Events may require additional permits for tents, a firework display, or use of LPG (propane) for cooking and heating.

Open Flame

CodePermit TitlePrice
1102  Open flame/flame effects, Single Event $235.00 
2511  Open flame/flame effects, valid 12 months $620.00 

Note:  There are additional fire and life safety requirements for Fire Performance Art (link to FirePerformanceChanges2017.pdf).

Tent or Air- Supported Structure

CodePermit TitlePrice
3201  Tent or air-supported structure, for use when no assembly permit is required $312.00 
3201CTY  Tent or air-supported structure in combination with City of Seattle Special Events permit $312.00 
3201SFD  Tent or air-supported structure in combination with paid SFD temporary assembly permit No Fee 

 
Fireworks / Special Effect Use / Display 

CodePermit TitlePrice
107SE  Temporary special event permit (ceremonial discharge of low hazard fireworks) No Fee 
7801.1  Fireworks requiring outdoor discharge $1,556.00 
7801.3  Fireworks barge load/unload only (not required for events with a 7801.1 permit) $778.00 
7802  Fireworks approved for discharge before a proximate audience $825.00 

 
Flammable Liquids Storage / Use 

CodePermit TitlePrice
8020  Single Event $312.00 

 
LPG (Propane) and / or Solid Fuel (including Charcoal or Wood) Used for Food Vending and / or Heating 

CodePermit TitlePrice
8206FVH  Annual, valid 12 months $422.00 
8207  Single Event $235.00 

 
LPG Storage / Use 

CodePermit TitlePrice
8206  LPG for flame effects, valid 12 Months $422.00 
8207  LPG for flame effects, Single Event $235.00 
2500LPG  Farmer's Market LPG for portable outdoor heating when issued with a 2500FM permit, annual $422.00 

 
Special Hazards

CodePermit TitlePrice
8208  Single event, including indoor vehicle display, not required for holders of a 2504.5 covered/open mall permit $235.00

When a permit is required:

Operating a carnival, expo, fair or alterations to the existing exiting configuration, character or use of the facility in any manner. When using a liquid or gas fueled vehicle or equipment for display or competition inside an assembly occupancy. Separate permits are required for use of candles or other open flame devices, flammable or combustible liquids or gases, special effects/pyrotechnics (fireworks), cryogenics or any time a material or operations is introduced into an assembly occupancy that could possibly pose a hazard.

You will need a temporary special events permit for the following situations:

  • Carnival
  • Fair 
  • Festival 
  • Venue does not have a valid assembly occupancy permit

If the venue has a valid assembly occupancy permit you will need a temporary assembly occupancy permit when:

  • Change of use or type
  • Change in type of activity 
  • Increase in occupancy load 
  • Change in exits 
  • Introduction of an additional hazard (e.g. candles, display of vehicles, performance that include pyrotechnics or fire)

Permit applications are available: 

Online or in person. You can also contact us by phone (206) 386-1450 and request an application by mail, fax, or email.

A permit is required for a tent, canopy, or air-supported structure more than 400 square feet.   

Note:  A tent / canopy open on all sides (roof only) does not require a permit if it meets all the following conditions: 

  1. Individual maximum size of 700 square feet
  2. Total area of multiple tents placed side by side less than 12 feet apart is 700 square feet or less
  3. Minimum 12 feet clearance between the tent and any structure

If you want a tent, canopy, or air-supported structure more than 100 square feet inside a building it will need approval by us. The building must be equipped with an automatic sprinkler system. 

Only electric heaters are allowed inside the tent. All other heaters require a permit and must be on the exterior of the tent.  Propane heaters must be a minimum 10 feet away from the tent and exits.

Your permit is contingent upon meeting the conditions attached to it. The floor plans attached to the permit constitute a portion of the permit conditions. Any variation from them invalidates the permit. Changes will be considered prior to the event you are planning. The requested changes may or may not be approved. If you need to make changes call (206) 386-1450 and ask to speak to a representative in Special Events.

A special events inspector is required to approve your event. If this is the first time you have applied for a permit and an inspector is available, we will try to accommodate you as best we can. This is not a guarantee that your event will be approved. If an inspector is available to look at the plans and / or the site for the event, all Seattle Fire Code requirements must still be met before the permit can be approved. 

Important:  Permit applications received less than 10 calendar days prior to the event for which they are being used, or 30 days for more complex permit types, will be assessed an additional late penalty of 50% of the original permit fee. Applications received 3 business days or less prior to the event may not be processed and the permit may not be issued.

All curtains, draperies, hangings and other decorative materials suspended from walls or ceilings are required by the Seattle Fire Code to be flame retardant. A flame certificate indicating the product or item meets NFPA 701 or California State Fire Marshal requirements must be available on - site for verification. A flame certificate should be available from the manufacturer upon request.

When a product is not flame retardant or there is no flame certificate available, it must be treated by a third party to render it flame retardant. They should then provide a flame certificate indicating the product or item meets NFPA 701 or California State Fire Marshal requirements for flame retardancy.

Yes. A liquid or gas-fueled vehicle or equipment can be displayed in an assembly occupancy under the following conditions:

  • Maximum fuel: 1/4 of a tank or 5 gallons whichever is less 
  • All gas covers taped or have a locking type gas cap 
  • Battery cables disconnected and taped 

Vehicles with no fuel gauge or with broken fuel gauge are not allowed on the event floor and cannot be displayed, without prior approval from us.

There are additional fire and life safety requirements for Fire Performance Art.

No. Igniting and/or releasing sky lanterns is not allowed.

If the event is open to the public or if a fee is charged for entry, then a permit is required.

Outdoor event with less than 100 people and a tent with one or more walls that exceeds 400 square feet in area.

  • Only a tent permit will be required

Outdoor event with 100 or more people and a tent with one or more walls that exceeds 400 square feet in area

  • A temporary place of assembly permit and a tent permit are required. Note: There will only be a fee collected for the temporary place of assembly permit and not the tent permit.

Outdoor event with less than 500 people and a tent with no walls that exceeds 700 square feet in area.

  • Only a tent permit will be required

Outdoor event with 500 or more people and a tent with no walls that exceeds 700 square feet in area.

  • A temporary place of assembly permit and a tent permit are required. Note: There will only be a fee collected for the temporary place of assembly permit and not the tent permit.

                 


 

TENT / EVENT ATTENDANCE


 


 

1-99 people


 

 

100-499 people


 

 

500+ people


 

 

One or more walls, 1-400 square feet in area


 

 

No permit required


 

 

Temporary place of assembly permit only


 

 

Temporary place of assembly permit only


 

 

One or more walls, >400 square feet in area


 

 

Tent permit only


 

 

Temporary place of assembly permit and tent permit


 

 

Temporary place of assembly permit and tent permit


 

 

No walls, 1-700 square feet in area


 

 

No permit required


 

 

No permit required


 

 

Temporary place of assembly permit only


 

 

No walls, >700 square feet in area


 

 

Tent permit only


 

 

Tent permit only


 

 

Temporary place of assembly permit and tent permit