Thank you for considering Port of Seattle non-aviation property for your event.
The Event License is different from a Film/Video/Photography Production License. For Film/Video/Photography Production Licenses, view the application.
For information about events at Port of Seattle aviation properties, contact Jeff Hollingsworth at Hollingsworth.J@portseattle.org or 206-787-3507.
The purpose of Port of Seattle outdoor public spaces is to provide public access, support Port business operations, and facilitate community use. In an effort to balance community access and private demand, the Port offers – whenever possible – certain public spaces for community and private events when they do not overly restrict access by the general public or interfere with port business operations. The Port of Seattle does not provide event planning services or event equipment rental.
An Event License is needed to reserve any outdoor Port of Seattle property or facility. Event Licenses are issued by the Port in its sole discretion based upon an evaluation of availability of Port facilities, as well as the nature and duration of the proposed activity which is the subject of the license application.
Sites that are available for events are listed on the Potential Event Sites page of the application.
An Event License application form is available to download. It should be completed in detail. Answers to all questions should give a full description of what activities are planned, when the facilities are needed, and the number of people expected. Additional pages may be added if needed. An incomplete, unsigned and/or undated application will not be processed.
Applications for event licenses should be submitted at least thirty (30) days before the requested date of use. Applications submitted with less than 30 days’ notice are not guaranteed to be approved.
Event License Applications are accepted starting on the first business day of the calendar year in which the event takes place. Applications for events taking place in January will be accepted on the first business day of December of the previous year.
The Port of Seattle retains the right to accept and consider Event Licenses at any time for maritime, recreational boating, or aviation-related events, for Port of Seattle customer events, or for extra-large events requiring significant lead time.
Fees and Charges
Fees may include but are not exclusive to:
- Base minimum fee
- Electrical hookup fee
- Additional use fees such as moorage, facility equipment rental
- Labor fee
- Upon review of an Event License application, facility management may determine that Port staff is required onsite at an event. Applicants will be advised of this requirement during license review.
- Any damage repairs by the Port following the event (see Damage Mitigation on the Event License Policy page)
- Damage deposit (for parks only)
- A $500.00 per day fine will be charged for any equipment found on the property before or after the license term (for parks only)
- Additional fees may be required if applicable. Applicants will be advised of this requirement during license review.
Effective March 1, 2017: all Port of Seattle Parks will switch to a dawn-to-dusk schedule for open hours.
Once we review your application, we will send you an outline of costs. The Port of Seattle requires proof of insurance and may require special approvals or permits from other agencies in addition to the above fees. All fees (with the exception of the parks damage deposit) are nonrefundable. Proof of insurance, permits, and fees must be provided to the Port of Seattle no later than seven (7) days prior to the commencement of the event.
For any questions remaining after reviewing the Event License Application or to check current availability prior to applying contact:
Shilshole Bay Marina
Bell Harbor Marina/
Risk Management – questions on insurance or permit requirements