Special Events & Street Closure Permits

What Is a Special Event?

A special event permit is required for any event in which people collect to engage in an activity on a city street, sidewalk, alley or city right-of-way or other public property, which may obstruct, delay, or interfere with the normal flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.  Some events and activities on private property may also require a special event permit if it impacts the health, safety, or welfare of the public; has significant noise or visual impacts; impacts the quiet use and enjoyment of others' property; or makes use of city services or resources.


Any person or organization who wishes to conduct or sponsor a parade, athletic event, or other special events in the City of Puyallup is responsible for submitting a Special Event Permit Application, appropriate insurance coverage, a detailed map of the event including any requested street closures, and associated application fees.

Insurance Requirements


Applicant agrees to obtain and supply the city clerk with proof of Commercial General Liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 each occurrence and $2,000,000 general aggregate, prior to receiving a permit.  A copy of an endorsement number CG 20 12 (or a substitute form providing equivalent liability coverage) naming the City as an additional insured must be attached to the Certificate of Insurance at the time of application.  Endorsements that do not include "sole negligence" coverage will not be accepted.

Permit Fees

According to the City of Puyallup Municipal Code and Fee Schedule, the fees & late fees for special event applications is as follows:
90 days or more in advance of the event - $80
30-89 days in advance of the event - $80 plus $25 expedite fee
29 days or less in advance of the event - $80 plus $100 expedite fee

Please submit your completed application, the application fee of $80 and any applicable late fee to the City Clerk's Office. Acceptable forms of payment include exact change cash, personal or business checks, money orders or cashiers' checks.

Permit Process

City departments with a role in the special event process work together as a team to review special event/street closure permit applications.  Following a thorough review, the team will approve, conditionally approve, or deny each permit application and assess any charges for labor or equipment to be provided by the city for the event.  Upon approval, the city clerk shall issue the permit with a letter identifying any conditions of approval and any applicable charges that will be billed to the event organizer.