VENDORS


IN THIS SECTION

Vendor Types

Fees

Vendor List

Business Licenses

Sales Tax



Vendor Types

Vendors related to a special event fall into two main categories - vendors who are servicing the event as contractors and vendors who are participating in the event.


Examples of vendors servicing an event may include:

  • Companies renting items to the event such as tents, canopies, portable restrooms, generators, etc.
  • Sound system management
  • Private security
  • Waste management
  • Fireworks technicians
  • Caterer serving food or alcohol (but not selling)


Vendors who are participating in the event are present at the event for commercial activity and/or to share information. Examples of vendors participating in an event for commercial activity may include companies and individuals who:

  • Sell merchandise such as t-shirts, posters, souvenirs
  • Sell handicrafts
  • Sell food and/or beverages
  • Sell services on-site such as massages or face painting
  • Accept orders for merchandise or services
  • Promote services or merchandise to be purchased later
  • Promoting a commercial brand
  • Solicit donations for an organization or cause


Examples of vendors participating in an event for information only include:

  • Non-profit organizations offering literature, demonstrations, or other information free of charge (often called "tabling")
  • Government entities giving information about free government services
  • Political campaigning
  • Soliciting signatures on petitions


Special Event Permit Vendor Fees

A $20 vendor fee is assessed to all vendors present for commercial activity, unless they are operating on Seattle Parks, Seattle Center, or private property.

Parks and Recreation charge fees for vendors present for commercial activity separately from the Special Event Permit Fee.


Vendor List

Every special event permit application must be accompanied by a complete list of all vendors servicing and participating in an event. See ADDENDUM G for instructions and ADDENDUM H for template (in MS Excel).

Business Licenses

All vendors servicing an event and/or participating in an event for commercial activity must hold a City of Seattle Business License.

For events with more than 25 vendors, a Tradeshow License can be issued to cover all vendors. Business license and/or trade show licenses have additional fees. Contact Finance & Administrative Services at 206-233-7835 or visit the Licenses webpage.

Sales Tax

The 2017 sales tax rate within the city of Seattle is 9.6%, collected and distributed as follows:

6.5% to State of Washington
2.7% to City of Seattle
0.4% to Regional Transit Authority


Resources
City of Seattle Business Licenses


City of Seattle Business Tax


Washington State Business Tax