Special event permits regulate events on the city's public streets and public property to protect the public's health, safety, and welfare, and are issued for parades, processions, and other assemblies occurring on public property. Chapter 12.06 of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code specifies the guidelines for issuing special event permits. A special event is any parade, march, ceremony, show, exhibition, pageant or procession of any kind, or any similar display or gathering, in or upon any street, park or other public place in the city, which would have a direct impact on traffic flow or congestion or the public’s ability to use public streets, parks or other public places, or which would significantly impact the need for city-provided emergency services. Examples of special events are races, runs, walks, fairs, block parties, fundraisers, festivals or community celebrations, and private events held on public (City-owned) property.
Please mail or deliver a completed Special Event Permit Application to the BIPD with required addendums and fees. We will review the application and contact you if we have questions or need more information.