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Special Event and Film Permits

Special Events Funding Program Awardees Announced

The City of Tacoma’s Events & Recognitions Committee voted to approve $125,000 of Special Events funding for 23 organizations to produce events throughout Tacoma in 2023. These events are free, inclusive, all ages events, which reflect many of the diverse communities and cultures throughout the Tacoma.


2023 Special Events Funded Organizations and Events Are: 

321 Buddy Fundraising - Day in the Park  

Rainbow Center - Pride Festival  

Asia Pacific Cultural Center - Chuseok Festival 

SENCo - South End Neighborhood Council Block Party 

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town - Celebrating Tacoma’s Tapestry   

Tacoma Concert Band - Tacoma Concert Band Holiday Concert  

Creative Colloquy  - Creative Colloquy Crawl 

Downtown Tacoma Partnership - Sound Bites  

Tacoma Light Trail - Tacoma Light Trail 2023  

Tacoma Porchfest - Tacoma Porchfest 2023

Girls on Fire - 6th Annual First Love Yourself Gala 

Tacoma Opera Association - Tacoma Method   

Hilltop Business Association - Hilltop Street Fair 

Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center - Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope  

Lincoln International Business Association - Lincoln Foodwalk Series  

Tacomarama Street Band - Tacoma Day of HONK! 

Metro Parks Tacoma - MOSAIC Tacoma’s Arts & Culture Festival 

TEAM WRK - Level Up Tacoma    

Milgard School of Business at University of Washington-Tacoma - Dawg Bites   

Washington State Historical Society - In the Spirit: Northwest Native Festival 

Ocean Fest - Tacoma Ocean Fest 2023

Write 253 - Tacoma Teen Poetry Slam 

Proctor District Association - Jr. Daffodil Parade  
The next round of funding window for applications is scheduled for fall 2023 to fund 2024 events.

Welcome to the City of Tacoma's Special Events Office 


Click here to access the permit application form


Payment of fees will not be assessed until after the review period is completed. If you prefer a paper application, please call our office.  


Special Event Road Closure Public Notice Fees

For details about new fees, visit the Fees Schedule web page.



If you are considering an event-related street closure that normally requires police officers please contact this office at (253) 970-3866 before submitting an application. Resources are limited, and we want to help you find the best solution for your event. Tacoma Police Department requires advance notice in order to staff various events. This can be done by contacting TPD Special Events at TacomaPoliceEvents@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5932.


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!


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
Ashley Young
Community Events Coordinator
Permitting Authority
2727 East D Street (Tacoma Dome)
Tacoma, WA 98421

Phone: (253) 573-2523

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


Tacoma Fire Department
Operational Permits

Phone: (253) 591-5740