Special Event Permits

Special event permits regulate events to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare, and are required for parades, processions, and other assemblies of more than 30 people occurring on public streets and public property. Chapter 12.06 of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code specifies the guidelines for issuing special event permits. A special event is any parade, march, ceremony, show, exhibition, pageant or procession of any kind, or any similar display or gathering, in or upon any street, park or other public place in the city, which would have a direct impact on traffic flow or congestion or the public’s ability to use public streets, parks or other public places, or which would significantly impact the need for city-provided emergency services. Examples of special events are races, runs, walks, fairs, block parties, fundraisers, festivals or community celebrations, and private events held on public (City-owned) property.

Do You Need a Special Event Permit?

  • Do you wish to close a public roadway prior to, during, or after the event?
  • Do you wish to barricade or cordon off sidewalks for a period of time prior to, during, or after the event?
  • Do you wish to host the event on City-owned property (i.e. Waterfront Park, Town Square)?
  • Do you wish to have City police officers provide security during the event?
  • Do you hope to have more than 30 participants using public property, sidewalks, or roadways?

If you answered "Yes" to any of the questions above, you must apply for a Special Event Permit from the City of Bainbridge Island. Please mail, or hand-deliver a completed Special Event Permit Application (PDF) to the police department with required addendums and fees at least 30 days before the event date. We will review the application and contact you immediately if we have questions or need more information.  For questions, contact Administrative Supervisor Barbara Burns at 206-780-4661 or drop her a line.