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Special Event and Film Permits

Welcome to the City of Tacoma's Special Events Office 


New Funding Opportunities for Tacoma's Special Events

Qualified event producers are now eligible to apply for our Competitive Funding Program. The intent is to foster high-quality, equitable, open-to-the-public events across all of TacomaThe intent of the program is to foster high-quality, equitable, open-to-the-public events across all of Tacoma. Each applicant can request up to $10,000. The deadline to apply is June 4, 2021.

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New Special Event Road Closure Public Notice Fees

For details about new fees, go here.


Update Regarding Special Event Permits – January 11, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, Governor Inslee issued the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order banning public gatherings, which was subsequently amended to allow a phased approach for reopening. At this time, Pierce County is in Phase 2, where large gatherings remain prohibited. Gatherings of over 50 people will not be allowed until the reopening plan indicates it is safe to do so.

The City of Tacoma Special Events Office will continue to align with Pierce County, the City of Seattle, King County and Metro Parks Tacoma to suspend the permitting process for events until further notice. The office will reconsider permit requests for events to occur when the county has achieved a sustainable Phase 3 or 4 designation. Essential events, such as farmers markets, recreational races, and filming activities that fit within the restrictions are exempt from the suspension. For more information from the Governor’s office, go to this web page.  


Contact the Special Events Office at 253-573-2523 with questions.


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Tacoma's Special Events Office is Here to Assist

Whether producing an event or a film, the City's Special Events Office is here to assist you with all aspects of the permitting process. On these pages you'll find information, requirements and suggestions on how to make the process as smooth as possible. Don't hesitate to call the office any time at (253) 573-2523. And thanks for choosing Tacoma!


Online Application for a Special Event Permit

Click here to access the new application form. Payment of the fee will not be assessed until after the review period is completed - until we are in Phase 4. If you prefer a paper application, please call our office.  


Bring Your Own Bag Policy for Special Event Vendors

The Bring Your Own Bag ordinance that regulates the use of plastic checkout bags went into effect on July 12, 2017. Visit the Special Events Requirements page for more information.


Requirements for a Special Event Permit
Before beginning, check out the Requirements page (Terms and Conditions) to be sure you are informed about what's expected in the application process.

Applications should be submitted no later than 60 days prior to the event date. This allows for proper internal review as well as the required notification to impacted residents and/or businesses.

What is a Special Event?
A special event is any organized formation or assembly consisting of 50 or more persons and which include any combination of animals, vehicles, that wishes to assemble and/or travel on streets or sidewalks, and which does not comply with normal or usual traffic regulation or controls. This also applies to a public beach, park or plaza.

Types of Events
Concerts, parades, circuses, fairs, festivals, block parties, community events, fund-raising events, private parties, promotional events, marathons and running events, bicycle races or tours, and Constitutionally Protected Activities.

Apply for a Master Film Permit
You may request an application from the Special Events Office or print a Master Film Permit Application form. Master Film Permits may be submitted within a week of production depending on the complexity of the project. The Tacoma Municipal Code specifies the guidelines for issuing Master Film Permits, as well as other requirements. You may want to review this chapter before submitting your application.


Special Event Tip Sheet 


Special Events Office
Kala Dralle
Permitting Authority
2727 East D Street (Tacoma Dome)
Tacoma, WA 98421

Phone: (253) 573-2523

Tacoma Police Department
Sgt. Gary Roberts
Special Events Sergeant
Phone: (253) 591-5990

Tacoma Fire Department
Ken Hansen

Special Events Lieutenant
Phone: (253) 591-5762