Special Events

We're updating our special event permit process

The process is scheduled for Council discussion on May 7. If the Council approves it then, new forms will be available here on June 1. Please use these forms for all events taking place on or after September 1. 

For events that take place before September 1, please use the existing form.  

Please note updated fees for special events in the 2019 Fee Resolution

More information and invitation to comment on the proposed process

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 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.

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.

For questions about the special event permit, please contact the City Clerk's office at 425-806-6150.