The Special Events Committee was established in 1991 by the City of Seattle via Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) Chapter 15.52. The code was updated in late 2015.

The purpose of the Special Events Committee is to identify in coordination with City departments and other governmental entities the nature and scope of governmental services necessary for special events, to issue special event permits, to determine appropriate terms and conditions for permits, to set applicable fees, and to administer the special event permitting process.

Committee Membership

According to SMC, the following are the official voting members of the Special Events Committee. In most cases, City department heads name one or more of their staff to represent them in meetings and the permitting process. For a list of the current representatives, see the Special Events website at //www.seattle.gov/special-events-office/contact-us.

City of Seattle

  • Mayor
  • City Budget Director
  • Fire Chief
  • Police Chief
  • Superintendent of Parks and Recreation
  • Director of Economic Development
  • Director of Transportation
  • Director of Construction and Inspections
  • Director of Finance and Administrative Services
  • Director of Seattle Center
  • Director of Public Utilities
  • Director of Neighborhood

Other Agencies

  • King County Metro Transit Division
  • Seattle-King County Health Department
  • Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board

3 Citizen Representatives

  • Representative must have experience in organizing special events with attendance over 10,000 people
  • Representative with experience in organizing special events with attendance of 10,000 or fewer people
  • Representative with experience working for a neighborhood-based community organization, such as a local chamber of commerce or business improvement area and has produced permitted special events

Special Events

Address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5752, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94708, Seattle, WA, 98124-4708
Phone: (206) 684-8017
Fax: (206) 684-7025

The City of Seattle plays a strong role in helping event planners bring people together safely and successfully in both city-wide and neighborhood events.