City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

***Note: Many local criminal codes can now be located under Chapter 10.60 SMC while others are now cited under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), which was incorporated into the municipal code in 2022. (See SMC 10.58.010). Code Enforcement, including Noise Control and Animal Regulations are located in Chapters 10.62 through 10.74.

Title 10
Chapter 10.39
Section 10.39.090

Title 10 Regulation of Activities

Division II. License Code

Chapter 10.39 Special Events

Section 10.39.090 Cost Recovery for Special Events
  1. Except when waived by the mayor or by city council resolution for any special event, the issuing authority shall charge:
    1. an administrative processing fee per event paid at the time of application in the amount of;
      1. $50 for Small Event (0-50 attendees),
      1. $100 for Medium Event (51-1000 attendees), and
      1. $250 for Large Event (1001-10,000 attendees), and
      1. $500 for Extra Large Event (10,001 or more attendees).
    1. the cost of police officers and other City personnel involved in traffic or crowd control, fire department response, facility or street support, clean up and repair, and the cost of City equipment and any other non-personnel expense involved in the special event as follows:
      1. Non-profit park events or street parades sponsored by a Neighborhood Council and which take place entirely outside of the downtown core shall be capped at $400 – including all administrative costs.
      1. On or before June 4, 2023, staff may recommend changes to this fee cap to Council.





2025 and beyond






Hillyard Hi-Jinx Parade










Junior Lilac Parade





Lilac Parade





Pig Out in the Park





St. Patrick’s Day Parade





      1. 25% of personnel costs for any community parade
      1. 75% of personnel costs for all other events
    1. any park reservation fees associated with a special event.
  1. The fees and costs shall be estimated in writing by the issuing authority and given to the applicant prior to the issuance of the special event permit.
  1. The fees and costs shall be paid by the applicant to the City within thirty days from the receipt of the bill for such costs and fees.
  1. When a special event permit is sought for an expressive activity involving a demonstration, rally or march, as defined by this chapter, and the special event will not require temporary street closures, cost recovery shall be limited to the administrative processing fee.
  1. When a special event permit is sought for an expressive activity requiring street closure or other City services, personnel and equipment, the special event permit may be conditioned upon payment of estimated costs incurred by the City to a maximum amount of five hundred dollars.
    1. In no way will an indigent applicant’s First Amendment rights be impaired in any fashion.
    1. The terms and conditions of a permit shall not infringe upon the rights of petition, assembly or free expression protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and/or Article 1, Section 3, 4 and 5 of the Washington State Constitution.

Date Passed: Monday, June 6, 2022

Effective Date: Friday, July 22, 2022

ORD C36203 Section 9