An outdoor event is any event that takes place on University property outside of a permanent building. It may include the use of tents, canopies, air inflated structures, bleachers, barricades, platforms and stages.
Fire department permits are required for outdoor assembly events, public and private, when the attendance exceeds 99 people, if enclosed with barricades or fencing, or when the attendance exceeds 499 persons in open areas.
Permits for Outdoor Events
While a fire department permit is required for any event described above, additional permits are also required for:
- Propane barbecues and grills, open flames (including charcoal grills) and candles when used in conjunction with an outdoor assembly event
- Tents with walls that exceed 400 square feet (see example)
- Tents without walls (also known as canopies, see example) that exceed 700 square feet in size
- Groupings of open-sided tents or canopies with no walls that cover an area of over 700 square feet or have less than 12 feet of clearance to other tents or buildings
- Air supported or air inflated items, such as giant movie screens, giant slides and other climb-on pieces
- Fireworks, pyrotechnics and fire dancers
The Event Permit Flowchart may help you determine which permit you may need if your event is located on the Seattle campus.
For events outside the Seattle area, please contact your local fire department.
Most utilities on the Seattle campus were installed decades ago. With erosion and settling utilities such as gas and water lines may be closer to the surface than expected. Tent installation companies should be reminded to call 811 prior to penetrating the ground with stakes.