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Special Use Permits for Private Events

There are three steps in the application process:

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

Before you begin please read this document Special Use Permit Guidelines & Procedures

Questions? Contact Us
(253) 305-1006


2020 Special Use Permit Applications will not be made available until January 2020. Please check back to this site in January 2020. If you have questions, please contact us.

Step 1 - The Application (2019)

Step 1 – The Application
Download a 2019 application (The 2020 application will be available in January)

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

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

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

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 Special Uses

Special Use Permit Fees (non-refundable)

Private Special Use Permit Fee $75

Garbage totes

  • $65 per 300-gallon container
  • $30 per 90-gallon recycling

Portable toilets

  • $95 Regular unit
  • $155 ADA unit

Water access $75
Electricity access $75
Police $75 per officer, per hour; 3-hour minimum required

Special Use Permit Location Options

Special Use Permit Location Options
Special Use Permits for private events are issued for the following parks.

  • Jefferson Park
  • Kandle Park
  • Vassault Park
  • South Park
  • Verlo Playfield

Green Events

Green Event Application
Green Event applications must be received no less than 60 days before the event date.

Events that achieve Green Excellence certification may be eligible for Environmental Services Event Support. This can include free or discount services such as garbage, recycling, food waste bins, and/or portable toilets. You will receive the optional Environmental Services Event Support request form via email only after your event has achieved Green Excellence certification.

Environmental Services support requests must be received no less than 30 days before the event date.