City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 10
Chapter 10.39
Section 10.39.010

Title 10 Regulation of Activities

Division II. License Code

Chapter 10.39 Special Events – Parades – Demonstrations

Section 10.39.010 Definitions
  1. “Applicant” is the person representing the entity, group or association who has the authority from the same to apply for the special event permit.

  2. “Assembly” is a public gathering or group of people organized for the purpose of advocating causes, public celebration, expressing ideas or conveying a message to the public or public display.

  3. “Commercial special event” means any special event organized and conducted by any person that does not qualify as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization.

  4. “Demonstration” is a public gathering for the purpose of a public display or the redress of grievances.

  5. “Expressive activity” includes conduct, the sole or principal object of which is the expression, dissemination, or communication by verbal, visual, literary or auditory means of opinions, views or ideas and for which no fee or donation is charged or required as a condition of participation in or attendance at such activity.

    1. For purposes of this chapter, expressive activity does not include sport events, fundraising events or events the principal purpose of which is entertainment.

  6. “Float” is any decorated parade entry.

  7. “Noncommercial special event” means:

    1. any special event organized and conducted by a group that qualifies as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, or

    2. a special event whose principal purpose is expressive activity and not fundraising.

  8. “Outdoor concert” is any organized event for the primary purpose of presenting live or recorded music or other amplified sounds for entertainment.

  9. “Parade” is any organized group marching or in procession, whether on foot, animal or vehicle

  10. Special event” is a preplanned activity (including a parade or demonstration) sponsored by groups or organizations that involves the use of or has an impact on public property or facilities and the provision of City public safety services in response thereto.

    1. A special event also has to be held on public property for the purpose of entertainment, celebration, amusement, cultural recognition, amateur sports demonstrations, competition or similar activity and demonstrations, assemblies and outdoor concerts and the principal purpose of which is not expressive activity.

  11. “Tax-exempt nonprofit organization” means an organization that is exempted from payment of income taxes by federal or state law and has been in existence for a minimum of six months preceding the date of application for a special permit.

  12. “Beer garden” is a completely fenced off area within the public right of way with a maximum occupancy of 50 people where only beer and wine are served (no spirits).

Date Passed: Monday, February 29, 2016

Effective Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016

ORD C35365 Section 1