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Hosting a Special Event

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                
•Block Parties
•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

Special Event Guidelines

Special Event Permit Application
Street Closure Request Form
Beer/Wine Garden Permit Application
Vendor Permit Application - (Sales  of Food, Merchandise & Services)

Vendors - Event Organizer Instructions