Permits for Outdoor Events in Seattle Parks

For weddings or memorials, visit the Ceremonies page
For shelter, table or private event reservations, see the Picnics page

Please note we are currently not allowing in-office visits at this time.


A permit is required to reserve a playfield, facility, stage or performing arts area, or to use a park for a gathering.  These "use permits" allow Seattle Parks to prevent conflicts, make necessary preparations such as power, lighting, etc.; to provide personnel and facilities such as access to lavatories; and to avoid overuse of facilities.

Two ways to apply:

1. Complete and submit the Park Use Permit application online

2. Download our fillable Park Use Application PDF and email back to parkusepermits@seattle.gov

Permit Process Schedule

We schedule and applications are accepted on a yearly rolling calendar. Proposed dates can be up to one year in advance. Processing of applications can take up to 15 business days. 1st amendments, due to the nature of this activity, are expediated and usually take 1-3 business days. Events with short turn around may have challenges getting permitted. Have questions? Download our Permit Process document

Example Event Documents

See our Insurance Requirements and Examples for an idea of what we require for insurance coverage. Insurance coverage is very specifc. you can find an Example Site Plan to help guide you with planning and mapping your event. You'll find blank site maps for many, but not all, of our parks at the link below.

Site Plan Maps

Please visit this link for blank park maps that may help in submitting your application map. This is not a conclusive list and maps can be created in other formats.