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Use Permits allow non-department groups to use Department of Parks and Recreation property for special events. For example: runs, boating, concerts, day camps, community festivals, rallies, and commercials.
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Use Permit Fees

Application fee First Amendment Events including rallies and protests. $50
Standard Application fee Use Permits (i.e., runs, boating, concerts, day camps, community festivals, rallies, commercials, etc.) $75
Park Reservation Fee (per hour) - hourly fee for the total time in the park including setup and breakdown time.
$10 to $25 per hour depending on park
Booth Fee As part of a special event, a charge of $20 and 10% of gross sales, whichever is greater. $20/booth
Receipts - If, in the course of the activity/event, charges are levied for admission, sales, or entry fees, the user will be subject to a minimum charge of 10% of the gross receipts. 10% of gross income
Load/Unload fee, per vehicle - for short-term access into non-parking areas or those areas accessed through a locked gate or bollard. $20/vehicle
Utility hook-up fee for any utility hook-up performed by Department personnel. $75
Supplemental Late Application Fee for requests submitted less than 6 working days before event. (Fee does not apply to First Amendment events) $75
Posting Advertising and/or Commercial Signage in a park in conjunction with a special event. (Minimum, per day. Maximum fees are subject to negotiations.) $100
Professional Photography Fee (wedding photos, portraits, graduation photos, etc.)
4 hour block of time per park, including any prep and clean-up hours.
Note: Commercial filming and photography for advertising within the City of Seattle is covered under the Seattle Filming Ordinance.

Commercial Photography and Filming (TV programming, TV and web advertising, corporate photography and filming, magazine editorial content, student films, feature and short films)
Note: Commercial filming and photography for advertising within the City of Seattle is covered under the Seattle Filming Ordinance.
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NOTE: Insurance and/or a performance bond may be required. Application fee will be collected upon formal written application. This fee is non-refundable, except when the Department denies a request. > more
Youth Sports Organizations Use Permits
All Department review and approval requirements shall apply for all Youth Sports organizations' requests to sell food, beverage, or other items on park property. Qualifying community-based outdoor Youth Sports organizations are exempt from percentage payment requirements for Concession Permits only when selling approved food, drink or other items during scheduled regular season league games and practices.

First Amendment Vending

Eligible registered non-profit, tax-exempt organizations may apply for a permit to vend merchandise in which a political, religious, philosophical or ideological message is inextricably intertwined. Such "First Amendment Vending" is governed by regulations adopted by the Department of Parks and Recreation. When conducted on a park drive or boulevard, First Amendment Vending is subject to a base permit fee of seventy-five dollars ($75.00) for a monthly site permit. When conducted within a park, First Amendment Vending is subject to a monthly base permit fee of seventy-five dollars ($75.00) plus a fee of ten percent (10%) of gross receipts. Copies of the First Amendment Vending Regulations are available upon

Construction Contracts

Construction Bidding Documents
There is a non-refundable $35.00 fee for contractors to acquire a copy of the construction contract bidding documents. Requests should be made through the Planning and Development Division (Engineering and Design section) of the Department of Parks and Recreation 206-233-7920.

Updated February 28, 2012

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