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Special Use Application Process for Public Events

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

Read this document 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: permits@tacomaparks.com (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 kdralle@cityoftacoma.org 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.

  Additional Information:  

Reserved Use Affiliates – If you are offering a complimentary community event that meets all of the below requirements your Special Use Permit application fee will be reduced to $75.
 
  • Community event open to the Public
  • Event must be free to attend (donations and/or registration fees are prohibited)
  • Non-profit organization must be within Tacoma city limits – business/mailing address
  • On-site vendor sales are limited to food and non-alcoholic beverages only
  • Total event attendance is limited to 500 people or less
  • Damage deposit and reimbursable fees are required

Fees and Locations for Special 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 www.cityoftacoma.org/essponsorship.

 


Contact Us: (253) 305-1006 • permits@tacomaparks.com