Special Event Permit

We're updating our special event permit process!

For events taking place January through August 2020, please use the current Special Event Permit application.

For events taking place August through December 2020, please email Shelby Krogh, Volunteer & Special Event Coordinator, for more details.  

Please note updated fees for special events in the 2020 Fee Resolution

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.