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Temporary Events

“Temporary Event” means an event open to the public for a period not to exceed seven consecutive days that is a congregation of five or more vendors. Examples of multiple vendor events include, but are not limited to, trade shows, festivals, fairs, arts and crafts shows, home shows, recreational vehicle shows, boat shows, or antique shows open to the public. 

Any person acting as a promoter of a temporary event may obtain a Temporary event - Multiple vendor license in lieu of each vendor obtaining a license as required under TMC 6B.20 and remitting tax as required under TMC 6A.30.  The license fee is $5 per vendor per day.  


Approval can be obtained by submitting an application for Temporary event  - Multiple vendor license and fee to the Tax & License office.  The application will be routed to the appropriate City departments for review prior to the activity being conducted for the protection of public welfare, health and safety of citizens. 


Additional permits may be required by the Fire Department depending upon the type of activity. Please contact the Fire Marshal at (253) 591-5740 for details. 


Please allow 10-15 business days to receive notice of approval or denial of your license.


You can find more information in Tacoma Municipal Code Chapter 6B.230 about temporary multiple vendor event requirements.