Seattle Event Permitting During COVID-19

Last updated 4/6/2020 

The emergence of Coronavirus - also known as COVID-19 - as an international public health concern has prompted governments, employers, schools, labor organizations and families across the globe to take action to protect life and safety.  

City of Seattle Event Permitting Restrictions 

To prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Seattle and the Puget Sound region, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has issued a "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order that bans public gatherings. These suspensions will remain in effect until at least May 4, pending updated public health guidance. These include farmers markets, cultural events, and street events like block parties.  

The Special Events Office is currently continuing to accept applications for events beyond May 4.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Per Governor Inslee's current Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order, public gatherings are banned through May 4, 2020.

Please contact our office to let us know you are cancelling your event.

Yes, your special event permit fee can be refunded in full, excluding the non-refundable application fee. Please contact our office to request a refund or for more information. If you have paid fees to other City departments, they may be refundable. Please contact us for more information.  

The Special Events Committee is working to develop policies and procedures for rescheduling events affected by this crisis. Please contact our office for more information. 

Insurance policies vary. Please consult with your insurance provider. 

Please see the City of Seattle's COVID-19 Resources Page for individual and business financial opportunities. 

The WFEA and IFEA have the most up to date information on regional and national assistance for the events industry: