Bellingham Event Guide v.2

Bellingham Parks & Recreation Leisure Guide

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4 TOPIC AREAS Admission/Ticketed Entry Events charging admission are subject to the City of Bellingham's admission tax, equal to 5% of the cost of admission. See Bellingham Municipal Code 4.74 for more information. Qualifying live music venues in the Downtown and Fairhaven entertainment districts are exempt from this tax. Alcohol Events which provide alcohol must adhere to all Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) requirements and regulations. Special Occasion licenses are issued only to non-profit societies or organizations holding an event at which alcohol is sold by the drink. Your event may require a different type of permit. Visit the WSLCB website for more information: http://www.liq.wa.gov/licensing/special- licenses-and-permits. A copy of the liquor license must be filed with the City of Bellingham no less than 14 days prior to the event. Events which serve alcohol are likely to be subject to additional security requirements and require additional insurance coverage. See the Insurance & Endorsement and Security topic areas for more information. Beer Garden "Beer garden" is a general term that encompasses sale of any alcoholic beverage in a defined location associated with a Special Event. Sale, service, and consumption of alcohol must be confined to a designated location(s) and shown on the Event Site Map submitted with your application. Beer gardens must comply with the following conditions: Must be separately fenced and have only one public entrance. Alcohol may only be served when food is also available. Gardens shall be enclosed with 6' high chain link fencing where security will not be present at all times. Where security will be present at all times, 42" high picket or other approved fencing may be used. Fencing should deter fence "hopping" and alcohol from being passed through. Beer garden staff shall ensure that all persons who appear 30 years of age or younger present appropriate identification verifying they are at least 21 years old. Sufficient lighting must be maintained so that identification may be checked and patrons may be observed for the enforcement of liquor laws. Events in City parks are prohibited from serving alcohol unless explicit written permission from the Director of Parks and Recreation is provided.

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