Apply for a Special Event Permit

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Thank you for choosing Kirkland as your event destination!

The City of Kirkland requires a permit for any festival, concert, parade, athletic race, walk, ride, swim or other publicly attended activity, which is to be held on public property. The permit requirement also applies to the same type of activities if they are held on private property and directly impact normal public use of parks and/or streets within the area of the event. 

We understand that a great deal of detail and planning goes into every event – whether it’s a marathon, concert or festival so our Special Event Team is available to help guide you throughout the permit application process.

Please note, several types of permits are available. If you're hosting a private gathering that includes a specific guest list, and will not involve any advertising to the general public, you may be able to apply for a Facility Use Permit. Please review the Parks Facility Rental page for more information.   

Again, we thank you for choosing Kirkland as the host community for your event. We look forward to working with you!

Special Event

A Special Event Permit is required for major events that cause the closure or limited use of streets, sidewalks, public parking, parks or other public venues normally accessible by the general public. These permits are limited to two per calendar month at any one venue, or along any one street.

To apply for a Special Event Permit, follow these steps:

Step 1.Understand the requirements and rules

Step 2.Request a date and venue

You must submit an Event Interest Form in order to request a date and venue. These forms are accepted up to one year, and no less than six months, in advance of an event. Your request will be reviewed and staff will contact you within ten business days regarding the status of your request. You must wait until you receive confirmation that your request has been accepted before submitting a permit application.

Complete the Event Interest Form

Step 3.Gather supporting documents

Prepare required documentation:  

  • Logistics/Production Timeline
  • Site Map
  • Traffic Control Map (if applicable)
  • Beer/Wine Garden Interior Map (if applicable)
  • Route/Course Map (if applicable)

Step 4.Complete the application

Once you receive confirmation your requested date and venue are available, you can complete the application.

Complete the Special Event Permit Application 

Step 5.Pay the application fee

The non-refundable $50.00 Application Fee can be mailed or hand-delivered to:

     City of Kirkland
     Special Events
     123 Fifth Avenue
     Kirkland, WA 98033

Step 6.We will contact you

Once the application is received and payment is made, staff will contact you regarding next steps.

Community Program

A Community Program Permit is required for activities of an on-going nature which are open to the public and are provided free of an admission charge, such as a weekly farmer’s market or performing arts series.

To apply for a Community Program Permit, follow these steps:

Step 1.Understand the requirements and rules

Step 2.Request a date and venue

You must submit an Event Interest Form in order to request event dates and a venue. These forms are accepted up to one year, and no less than six months, in advance of an event. Your request will be reviewed and staff will contact you within ten business days regarding the status of your request. You must wait until you receive confirmation that your request has been accepted before submitting a permit application.

Complete the Event Interest Form

Step 3.Gather supporting documents

Prepare required documentation:

  • Logistics/Production Timeline
  • Site Map
  • Traffic Control Map (if applicable)
  • Beer/Wine Garden Interior Map (if applicable)

Step 4.Complete the application

Once you receive confirmation your requested dates and venue are available, you can complete and submit the application.

Complete the Community Program Permit Application 

Step 5.Pay the application fee

The non-refundable $50.00 Application Fee can be mailed or hand-delivered to:

     City of Kirkland
     Special Events
     123 Fifth Avenue
     Kirkland, WA 98033

Step 6.We will contact you

Once the application is received and payment is made, staff will contact you regarding next steps. 

Park Use

A Park Use Permit is required for community picnics, organized walks, athletic events and other publicly attended events that occur exclusively in public parks and do not include financial transactions of any kind.

To apply for a Park Use Permit, follow these steps:

Step 1.Understand the requirements and rules

Step 2.Request a date and venue

You must submit an Event Interest Form in order to request a date and venue. These forms are accepted up to one year, and no less than six months, in advance of an event. Your request will be reviewed and staff will contact you within ten business days regarding the status of your request. You must wait until you receive confirmation that your request has been accepted before submitting a permit application.

Complete the Event Interest Form

Step 3.Gather supporting documents

Prepare required documentation:

  • Logistics/Production Timeline
  • Site Map
  • Traffic Control Map (if applicable)
  • Route Map (if applicable)

Step 4.Complete the application

Once you receive confirmation your requested date and venue are available, you can complete and submit the application.

Complete the Park Use Permit Application 

Step 5.Pay the application fee

The non-refundable $50.00 Application Fee can be mailed or hand-delivered to:

     City of Kirkland
     Special Events
     123 Fifth Avenue
     Kirkland, WA 98033

Step 6.We will contact you

Once the application is received and payment is made, staff will contact you regarding next steps.