Events serving or selling alcohol will need to apply for a Liquor Licenseat least 90 days prior to the event through the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.
Events with anticipated attendance over 1,000 people per day may need event review and permits from the Fire Marshal, Sheriff, local City or Police.
Events that use the right of way or require a road closure will need an enroachment permit from Public Works.
Whatcom County Parks & Recreation requires vendors and organizers to remove all trash. Washington State law requires vendors and organizers for festivals and special events to provide recycling collection containers for cans and bottles. RCW 70.93.093
Event organizers are responsible for providing portable toilets based on attendance
50 people = 2 toilets
51 to 100 = 3
101 to 250 = 4
251 to 500 = 8
501 to 1000 = 12
101 to 3000 = 16
Whatcom County Parks and Recreation only permits events on Whatcom County Park lands. If your event crosses onto other agency or private land it is the responsibility of the event organizer to obtain required permits. All permits must be submitted to Whatcom County Parks & Recreation before the final permit is approved.