Hosting a Special Event

Community events and recreation programs for spring and summer 2020 are currently suspended through August 31, 2020. Tournaments, facility rentals and playfield rentals are also impacted. Recreation staff is furloughed through August 16, 2020. Details here on temporary changes to the city’s Parks & Recreation services.

Are you considering the city of Burlington as a possible location for your special event?

A Permit Application should be submitted to the City of Burlington if one or more of the following applies to your event: 

  1. The event will be held on City public streets, sidewalks, walkways, trails or on other publicly owned property,
  2. The event interferes with normal vehicular or pedestrian traffic and/or requires the use of City services,
  3. The event is on private property, but cannot be self-contained (i.e. parking spills over onto City owned public property) and/or requires the use of City services, and/or closure of City streets.

Specific activities that require a permit include (but, are not limited to) the following:

  • Bike Races
  • Bike/Walk-a-thons
  • Block Parties
  • Carnivals
  • Fairs/ Festivals
  • Fun Runs
  • Group Marches / Parades / Processions
  • Parking Lot Auto Sales
  • Relay Races
  • Street Vendor Sales


  • If your special event activity will take place in or will include a City park, a Special Event Permit Application should be submitted to the Burlington Parks & Recreation Department. 900 E. Fairhaven Avenue
    Burlington, WA 98233
    (Use East Entrance at Regent Street)
    360-755-9649 or Email
  • Contact the Burlington Planning Department for permit information and application concerning activities that do not include use of a City park in your event plans. Burlington Planning Department
    833 S. Spruce Street
    Burlington, WA 98233
    (City Hall – First Floor) 360-755-9717 or Email

FORMS: Special Event Guidelines (PDF)
Special Event Permit Application (PDF)
Vendor Permit Application - (Food, Merchandise or Service)