ADDITIONAL PERMITS

The Special Event Permit is designed to incorporate the most common types of permissions required for conducting special events, but certain elements of a particular event may require additional permits for other City of Seattle departments or outside agencies. See below for other permits that may be required, arranged alphabetically by main topic.

Alcohol Service

When Required:  Selling and/or serving alcohol

Permit:  Special Occasion License Banquet Permit

Department or Agency:  Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board  

Amplified Sound

When Required:  If outside of these times: Monday - Friday 7AM-10PM Saturday - Sunday & Holidays 9AM-10PM

Permit:  Temporary Noise Variance

Department or Agency:  Department of Construction and Inspections

Notes:  Submit application to Special Events Office  

Animals

When Required:  Displays or activities involving animals

Permit:  Pet License Or Exotic Animal Permit

Department or Agency:  Animal Shelter

Notes:  Contact Special Events Office for information on Exotic Animal Permit   

Banners and Signs

When Required:  Sign or banner over 100 square feet on private property

Permit: Sign Permit

Department or Agency:  Department of Construction and Inspections

Notes:  Banners are NOT allowed to be installed over streets   

Charter Vessels for July 4th Fireworks Viewing

When Required:  Vessels allowed only in designated area and by permit

Permit:  Charter Vessel Permit

Department or Agency:  Special Events Office   

City Hall

When Required:  Event is partially or wholly in City Hall or on City Hall Plaza

Permit:  Permission from building manager  

City Park

When Required:  Event is partially or wholly within a Park

Permit:  Park Use Permit

Department or Agency:  Parks and Recreation   

Drawbridge

When Required:  Event requires change in normal operation of drawbridge

Permit:  Permission from SDOT bridges program and US Coast Guard    

Electrical Power Installation / Generators

When Required:  Generators over 5kw

Permit: Electrical Permit

Department or Agency:  Department of Construction and Inspections   

Farmers Market

When Required:  Must meet strict guidelines to qualify as a farmers market

Permit:  Collection of permits coordinated by Special Events Office

Department or Agency:  Special Events Office / Office of Economic Development   

Fire Performance

When Required:  Any performance involving open flame including spinning, fire fingers, staff. Fire breathing is not allowed.

Permit:  Open Flame/Flame Effects

Department or Agency:  Fire Marshal's Office   

Fireworks or Pyrotechnics

When Required:  Anytime fireworks or other pyrotechnics are used

Permit:  Fireworks Use/Display

Department or Agency:  Fire Marshal's Office   

Food Operations

When Required:  Cooking and/or serving food or beverage

Permit:  Temporary Food Service Food Worker Card

Department or Agency:  Public Health - Seattle & King County

Notes:  Food operations permit exemptions   

Food Trucks or Carts

When Required:  Any mobile food vendor

Permit:  Temporary Food Service

Department or Agency:  Public Health - Seattle & King County

Notes:  May also need open flame cooking permit from FMO; More info on establishing a mobile food business   

Open Flame Cooking

When Required:  Any cooking setup using propane, charcoal, or other open flame

Permit:  Open Flame Cooking

Department or Agency:  Fire Marshal's Office   

Pole Banner

When Required:  Banners installed on City Utility poles

Permit:  Street Use Permit

Department or Agency:  Department of Transportation

Notes:  Banners are NOT allowed to be installed over streets  

Seattle Center

When Required:  Event is partially or wholly within Seattle Center grounds

Permit:  Use/Rental Agreement

Department or Agency:  Seattle Center   

Stages, Scaffolding, Bleachers, Structures

When Required:  Overall structure is greater than 4 feet high from the floor or grade

Permit:  Temporary Structure Permit

Department or Agency:  Department of Construction and Inspections   

Tents / Canopies

When Required:  Tent greater than 400 square feet Canopy greater than 700 square feet

Permit:  Tent or Air-Supported Structure

Department or Agency:  Fire Marshal's Office

Notes:  See also Seattle Fire Department Tent Permit Procedures   

Valet Parking

When Required:  To use public street curb space as a valet parking zone

Permit:  Valet Parking Permit

Department or Agency:  Special Events Office   

Vehicle Display

When Required:  Display of a gas -fueled vehicle or equipment

Permit:  Special Hazards

Department or Agency:  Fire Marshal's Office

Notes:  See vehicle display restrictions   

Vendors

When Required:  Anyone conducting business in Seattle, including selling merchandise and services and/or promoting merchandise and services

Permit:  Seattle Business License or Tradeshow License

Department or Agency:  Finance & Administrative Services Department