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Commercial Activities - Application Process

Submit application no less than 30 days prior to proposed event.
Permit Review Committee meets and  reviews applications monthly.
Applicant is notified of application approval/denial, final required items, and collection of remaining fees/documents.

  Before you begin:

Read this document thoroughly before submitting an application: Special Use Permit Guidelines & Procedures

  Step 1    The Application

Download an application

Submit your application no less than 30 days prior to the scheduled event. Applications submitted less than 30 days in advance may be denied or rescheduled to a late date. Applications can be submitted the following ways:

  • By Email: (preferred)
  • In Person: Metro Parks Headquarters, 4702 S. 19th Street, Tacoma, 98405
  • By U.S. Mail: Metro Parks Tacoma, Attn: Permits, 4702 S. 19th St., Tacoma, WA, 98405
  • By Fax: (253) 305-1005

Please note: Closure of a City of Tacoma street that abuts a Metro Parks Tacoma park also requires a City of Tacoma Special Event Permit. Contact: Kala Dralle at or (253) 573-2523

  Step 2    The Review Process

The Special Use Permit Review Committee, which meets on the first Tuesday of every month, reviews applications and makes the final determination on:

  • # of Garbage totes
  • # of Portable restrooms
  • Site map/layout
  • Recycling plan and # of containers
  • Traffic/parking plans
  • Utilities access
  • Public safety plans
  Step 3    Approval / Denial & Follow-Up

Following the monthly Committee meeting, staff will contact the applicant regarding the approval or denial of the permit request and any outstanding permit requirements and fees that need to be collected. Once all conditions have been met, a final permit may be issued.

Fees for Commercial Uses

Environmental Stewardship

Metro Parks Tacoma supports and practices environmental stewardship and strongly encourages those individuals producing events on Park property to also apply environmental stewardship practices (promote carpooling to event sites, provide recycling containers in addition to regular trash containers, etc.).

Environmental Services Sponsorship Opportunities offered through the City of Tacoma:

The City of Tacoma offers an Environmental Services Sponsorship Program to non-profit organizations that produce an event or activity that protects, enhances or restores Tacoma's environment. Sponsorship may be monetary, material goods or in-kind services. For more information, visit

Contact Us: (253) 305-1006 •