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Welcome to the City of Tacoma's Special Events Office 


City of Tacoma Special Events Office Message to Event Producers Regarding COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, public gatherings have been banned in the State of Washington since February 29, 2020. Subsequently, special event permits have not been issued. Pierce County and the City of Tacoma are currently in Phase 2 of the Governor’s multi-phase reopening plan. Gatherings of over 50 people are not considered until Phase 4 of the plan. Due to the time frame involved in planning events and issuing permits, the Tacoma Venues & Events Special Events Office will be extending the date for suspending Special Event Permits until after November 6, 2020, for non-essential activities. Based on the County’s reopening status at that time, the Office will consider removing or extending the suspension. Essential events, such as farmers markets and filming activities that fit within the restrictions are exempt from the suspension. 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