Special Event Permit


Special Event Permits are required for gatherings/events that impact the use of city streets, sidewalks, and public right-of-way, and/or impact the need for city-provided emergency services such as police, fire, or medical aid. These events include gatherings/activities hosted by private groups or organizations that include an invitation to 100 people or more, and all gatherings/events that involve an open invitation to the public.

This Special Event permit process provides the City of Ridgefield a mechanism to prevent conflicts in use of city property, allow for necessary site/facility preparations, and protect the public’s health, safety, and general welfare. The City of Ridgefield reserves the right to refuse the use of any facilities if permit requirements are not met.

Examples of events requiring a Special Events Permit include, but are not limited to: block parties, festivals, parades, fun runs or bike rides, concerts, and performances, etc. If you are unsure if your event will require a Special Event Permit, please contact Ireland Coleman at 360-857-5019.

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Special Event Permit

A special event includes any activity that occurs on private or public property and affects the ordinary use of public streets, rights-of-ways, and/or sidewalks. This includes, but is not limited to fairs, festivals, concerts, performances, parades, athletic events, fundraising events, etc. A Special Event requires a permit issued by the City of Ridgefield. Application must be received at least 90 days prior to event.

After receipt of the Special Event Permit Application, you may be contacted by affected City departments if additional information is needed or to discuss specific plans to accommodate the Block Party and its impact upon the public generally.

Application Process Details

The Special Event Permit Application Process requires detailed event information. If you are interested in hosting a new event in Ridgefield and would like to get the conversation going with our Special Events Team but aren't ready to submit an application yet, submit the Event Interest Form.

Until your event is pre-approved by the Special Events Team, event organizers are advised not to announce, advertise or promote the event. Use of the City of Ridgefield logo is strictly prohibited unless written permission is obtained.

  1. Special Event Permit Application: Submit an application a minimum of 90 days prior for events that include street closure(s) or use of public right-of-ways; and a minimum of 60 days prior for events that do not.
  2. Work with Special Event Staff. Upon receipt of completed application, Special Event Staff will contact you regarding required documents and any questions about the event. Event Review Team may schedule an event review meeting.
  3. Special Event Staff will notify you when your event has been pre-approved, pending required documents/information. Once you have received pre-approval, we encourage you to announce, advertise and promote the event.
  4. Secure required permits and additional documents. Event Review team will help identify any additional requirements based on the scope of your event. Documents that may be required vary based on event details. Documents that may be required include:
    1. Certificate of Insurance
    2. Traffic Control Plan
    3. Security or Safety Plan
    4. WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board Permit for service of alcohol
    5. Business license and/or Health Permits for Vendors
    6. Notification to Abutting Property Neighbors for Street Closure
  5. Special Event Permit Issued. Once all required permits and documents have been received, verified and approved, you will receive a completed and signed Special Event Permit agreement for your event. A copy must be onsite and made available day of the event.

Site Map:

Special Event Permits Require a site map. You may download the map below to assist with this:

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With the Cogran Online Reservation System, you can access photos and descriptions, see real-time availability, submit reservation requests, and pay deposits and rental fees online. Reservation requests may be submitted for 2023 dates beginning January 1, 2023.

Please note that the parks available for reservation through this process include Abrams and Overlook Parks only. Please visit the Ridgefield School District page to reserve Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex (RORC). All other City Parks are available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, reservations are not accepted.