Welcome to the City of Tacoma's Special Events Office
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.
Apply for a Special Event Permit
Use our online system to file your application with our office.
Before beginning, check out the Requirements page (Terms and Conditions) to be sure you are informed about what's expected in the application process.
Review this checklist for pricing, deadlines, resources and other information.
You will be prompted to pay with a credit/debit card with this system, or pay later by check or cash. If you prefer a paper application please call our office.
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.
Submit Your Application
You may scan your application and submit via email. Mail or drop it off in person, Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM.
Now go to Requirements page or Fee Schedules Page.