Special Business Licenses/Permits
- Bill Poster License
- Fair Parking Lot Permit
- Mobile Vendor License
- Solicitor's License
- Special Event / Street Closure
- Temporary Stands
The distribution of flyers within the city limits requires a Bill Poster/Sample Distributor License. The fee for this type of a license is $10 per day (per person) and takes 24-48 hours to process. Please be aware that if you are distributing flyers on private property, you must have the property owner permission indicated by their signature on the form (i.e. private parking lot). Additionally, you are responsible for picking up any of your flyers that may have been littered in the area. The form is available here (PDF), just print and submit it to the city clerk’s office with payment by personal check, money order, cashier check or exact change cash.
The City Clerk’s office is located on the 4th floor of the Puyallup City Hall Building, 333 South Meridian, Puyallup.
The application fee is $37.50 per parking lot and the permit is valid throughout the duration of the fall Washington State Fair. Application fees are payable by personal check, a debit/credit card, or exact change cash.
The application is available through the Quick Link on this page or from the City Clerk's Office located on the 4th floor of Puyallup City Hall, 333 So. Meridian, Puyallup. For further questions, you may contact the city clerk's office at (253) 841-4321.
View the fair parking lot application (PDF)
Brochure: Parking cars on your property during the fair (PDF)
The mobile food vendor license is for the individual who wishes to sell food items to consumers from a motorized vehicle. The applicant must provide proof of vehicle insurance, provide a copy of a valid driver's license and pass a Police Department background check prior to any food sales from a motor vehicle within city limits. This process may take up to seven (7) working days to complete. The fee for this license is $50.
All solicitor and mobile vendor licenses expire on December 31st of each year. The applicant may re-apply for a new mobile vendor license after January 1st.
Section 9.20.090 of the Puyallup Municipal Code (PMC) states that: "It is unlawful to sell refreshments or merchandise in any park without the written consent of, or a concession contract with, the Parks Director." This license does not signify approval by the Parks Director.
The solicitors license is for the individual who wishes to go door-to-door, residentially or commercially, and sell items to consumers. All applicants must pass a Police Department background check before being able to solicit within the City limits. This process may take up to seven (7) working days for approval. The fee for this license is $50.
All solicitor and mobile vendor licenses expire on December 31st of each year. The applicant may re-apply for a new solicitor license after January 1st.
A special event permit is required for any event in which people collect to engage in an activity on a city street, sidewalk, alley or city right-of-way or other public property, which may obstruct, delay, or interfere with the normal flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Some events and activities on private property may also require a special event permit if it impacts the health, safety, or welfare of the public; has significant noise or visual impacts; impacts the quiet use and enjoyment of others' property; or makes use of city services or resources.
Any person or organization who wishes to conduct or sponsor a parade, athletic event, or other special events in the City of Puyallup is responsible for submitting a Special Event Permit Application, appropriate insurance coverage, a detailed map of the event including any requested street closures, and associated application fees.
Applicant agrees to obtain and supply the city clerk with proof of Commercial General Liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 each occurrence and $2,000,000 general aggregate, prior to receiving a permit. A copy of an endorsement number CG 20 12 (or a substitute form providing equivalent liability coverage) naming the City as an additional insured must be attached to the Certificate of Insurance at the time of application. Endorsements that do not include "sole negligence" coverage will not be accepted.
Please submit your completed application and an application fee of $80 to the City Clerk's Office at least 90 days in advance of the proposed event. Acceptable forms of payment include exact change cash, personal or business checks, money orders or cashiers' checks.
City departments with a role in the special event process work together as a team to review special event/street closure permit applications. Following a thorough review, the team will approve, conditionally approve, or deny each permit application and assess any charges for labor or equipment to be provided by the city for the event. Upon approval, the city clerk shall issue the permit with a letter identifying any conditions of approval and any applicable charges that will be billed to the event organizer.
Businesses established for the temporary sale of retail products, services and food must apply for a temporary stand permit. All stands are subject to a maximum of 30 days of site occupancy in any one-year period and must be situated on commercially owned property. Charges for a temporary stand include a $25 processing fee and a $10 per day of operation daily fee. Any business owner wishing to operate for more than the 30 days allowed by the Puyallup Municipal Code must apply for a standard city business license and a temporary use permit. The applicant may be subject to additional fees by Central Pierce Fire and Rescue (CPFR) for tent and open flame permits, and inspection and plan review fees.
All applications are reviewed by the city's Planning Department and Central Pierce Fire and Rescue to ensure the safety of the operation and compliance with local regulations. The license will be issued to the applicant during the final inspection by the Fire Marshal. The $10 per day fee may be waived for non-profit businesses able to provide a copy of their 501(c)(3), statement of non-profit status, granted by the Internal Revenue Service.
Temporary stands are regulated by the Puyallup Municipal Code Chapter 5.32 refers to temporary stands for retail sales; and Chapter 16.20 refers to fireworks stands. If you have further questions, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (253) 841-4321.
Please keep in mind that there are additional applications required by outside jurisdictions with a different deadline than the city's. The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department has a fourteen day requirement and Central Pierce Fire and Rescue requires that their applications be submitted thirty days prior to the event. Plan ahead to avoid paying late fees.
Notice to all City of Puyallup Temporary Stand License Holders: When reporting revenue information to the State of Washington, please report City of Puyallup revenue to locator number 2711.
All applicants wishing to operate a temporary stand outside of the fairgrounds during the Washington State Fair in September are required to obtain a temporary stand license. All applications must be completed and returned to the City Clerk's Office, located at 333 South Meridian, Puyallup, Washington. Businesses licensed as a temporary stand are not subject to the city's business license requirements.
Those interested in locating inside the fairgrounds will need to contact the Washington State Fair and Events Center at 253-841-5045 or visit their website.
A temporary stand application is required for the applicant who plans to operate a flower stand for a period of 30 days or less. The stand must be located on commercially zoned property; the zoning code does not allow for retail sales from a residential property. The applicant must complete the application and include the property owner's signature or a copy of a lease agreement. All applications must be submitted to the City Clerk's Office, 333 South Meridian, Puyallup, Washington.
Any farmer selling his own produce (produce grown in Washington State) are exempt from the requirements for a temporary stand license.
Any other individual(s) interested in selling fruit and/or produce that is not grown in Washington State, from a regular location for less than 30 days per year, will be required to apply for the temporary stand license. If the intended stand is for more than 30 days per year, the applicant will need to apply for a standard business license AND a Temporary Use Permit - available through the Planning Department.
Applicants interested in operating a fireworks stand must submit an applicant for a temporary stand. Fireworks stands must be located on commercially zoned property and are limited to the dates of June 28th through July 4th. Applicants must have the temporary stand application filled out in whole and signed by the property owner (a copy of the lease agreement may be substituted for the owner's signature). The Puyallup Municipal Code requires fireworks stand to submit a "Certificate of Insurance" and additionally ensured endorsement, listing the applicant as primary and the City as additionally insured for completed operations. All applications must be submitted to the City Clerk's Office, 333 South Meridian, Puyallup, Washington.
Applicants wishing to operate a Christmas tree stand must complete the temporary stand application. All stands must be located in a commercially zoned location. The applicant must have the Temporary Stand Application filled out in whole (a copy of the lease agreement may be substituted for the owner's signature) and turned in five working days prior to the opening of the stand. All applications must be submitted to the City Clerk's Office, 333 South Meridian, Puyallup, Washington.
View the full application packet (PDF).