Bellingham Event Guide v.2

Bellingham Parks & Recreation Leisure Guide

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9 To be eligible, events must be hosted in the Bellingham City limits and open to the general public with no admissions fee, age or other condition of participation, or registration requirement. There is a fee charged for use of supplies Supplies may be reserved up to one year in advance. City-sponsored events have priority over non-City events. Users are responsible for replacing missing or damaged items. Contact Bellingham Parks & Recreation for more information on available supplies and use fees: parks@cob.org / 360.778.7000 Additional equipment and supplies, including any supplies needed for restricted events, must be provided by the event sponsor. Fees & Charges Review fees and personnel charges are adopted by the City Council to recover the costs of reviewing, approving and staffing a Special Event. For a complete list of fees and charges, see the Fee Schedule at the end of this document. Permit Review Fee Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable permit review fee prior to review of their permit application. A fee sheet will be provided to the applicant upon receipt of a complete application. City Personnel Charges If required, additional charges will be incurred for the costs of City personnel required to support the event (e.g. due to security, emergency service or traffic control requirements). An estimate of these fees will be provided during the review of your application, then a bill for payment of services will be sent to the applicant after the event. Post-Event Services The applicant will be billed for staff time for clean-up after the event if City resources are required to remove signs, pavement markings, litter, or other impacts from the event. Facility Rental Fees See City Venues/Facilities topic area for information. Exemptions and Reductions Political or religious activity intended primarily for the communication or expression of ideas shall be presumed to be a constitutionally- protected event, and fees and charges will not be assessed. Fire Bin/Burn Barrel/Bonfire Open fires are not allowed in City of Bellingham facilities. Exceptions include charcoal briquettes in existing or portable barbeques. Proposed recreational fires will be reviewed by the Bellingham Fire Department according to these criteria: https://www.cob.org/documents/fire/safety/re creational-burning-requirements.pdf Fireworks/Pyrotechnics Public firework displays require a separate Fire Operational Permit. An application, including display plans, must be submitted to the Fire Department at least 10 days prior to the event for review and approval. Submittal requirements are outlined under WAC 212-17- 270. Private display of fireworks is prohibited.

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