Special Events

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 per Chapter 12.06 of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code.  A special event is defined as 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.

Not sure if you need a special event permit?  Answer the following questions to find out:

• Are you planning a parade?

• Do you want to close all or part of a public roadway prior to, during, or after the event?

• Do you want to barricade or close part of a sidewalk prior to, during, or after the event?

• Do you want to host the event on City-owned property?

• Do you plan on having more than 30 participants using public sidewalks or roadways?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you need a Special Event Permit from the City of Bainbridge Island. Please mail or hand-deliver a completed Special Event Permit Application to the Bainbridge Island Police Department with required fees and addendums 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. If you have questions, or need help assembling the required addendums, contact Public Safety Administrative Supervisor Barbara Burns at 206-780-4661 or send her an email.