Outdoor UW events may require a permit


Is your group planning a party, departmental graduation ceremony or other event at UW? Your outdoor event may require a permit from the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) if any of the following apply:

  • Outdoor assembly events, public and private, when the attendance exceeds 99 people for an enclosed area and 499 persons for an open area
  • Events that will occupy a space that obstructs a fire lane or building access
  • Tents, canopies, and air-inflated structures
  • Propane barbecues and grills, open flames (including charcoal grills), and candles
  • Fireworks or pyrotechnics

For events requiring a permit, Seattle Fire Department requires the application two weeks in advance of the event. You can complete a special event application on the Seattle Fire Department website.

Visit the Fire Department Permits for Events page for more information.

If you are serving food at your outdoor event, you may need to also apply for a temporary food permit.