Special Event Permit

*Updated 01/04/21 - We are currently not accepting Special Event Permits for 2021 events, pending health district recommendations. 

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We’re updating our special event permit process!

For events taking place in 2020, please use the current Special Event Permit application.

Planning a Special Event on City Property


If you are planning a special event that will take place on a public street, sidewalk, park or other public place in Bothell, you may need to apply for a special event permit.  Please read below to identify the requirements for your event:

A Special Event Permit is required to use any type of a city owned property when one or more of the following conditions exists (BMC 5.06):
  1. The proposed event is reasonably likely to involve more than 75 people;
  2. The proposed event is reasonably likely to require City personnel for road closures, traffic control, crowd control, or other safety and logistical support;
  3. Public rights of way are impeded by the event’s activities.
  4. The proposed event requires approval from two (2) or more City departments;
  5. Special circumstances which require (1) the coordination of multiple uses of public property; (2) assuring the preservation of public property and public places; (3) prevention of dangerous, unlawful or impermissible uses; and/or (4) protection of the safety of persons and property around the event; as determined by the City Manager or designee.
Neighborhood Block Party Application is for neighborhood events that temporarily close a street but do not meet the conditions of a special event. For questions about the neighborhood block party application, please contact the Bothell Police Department at 425-486-1254 at extension 5529. 

For questions about the special event permit, please contact the Parks Department at 425-806-6760.