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UW Police Department

Non-emergencies on campus for UW Police, call 206-685-UWPD (8973)

Reasons you may want to involve UWPD:

  • Potential for protesting
  • Security for high level officials: Dignitaries, Governor, etc.
  • Blocking off UW streets (Bloodmobile, etc.)

If you’d like to schedule UW Police officers or security guards, contact Ralph Robinson at 206-685-2550. 2013 Rates are $45/hr for security guards, $61.88/hr for security officers (off-duty), and $80/hr for officers (on-duty).

UW Fire Department – Campus events

Tents and Canopies – Tents larger than 400 square feet require a permit, review and inspection prior to use. For information see Tent and Canopy Use Guidelines.

Effective January 1, 2015, UW’s Environmental Health and Safety Department will no longer issue tent, occupancy, or flame permits! It will all be handled by the Seattle Fire Department. See this page for rules and regulations. See this page for fees.

Please note: A permit is required from the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) for a tent, canopy or air supported structure in excess of 400 square feet. (Larger than 20×20) EXCEPTION: Tents/canopies open on all sides (roof only) are not required to get a permit issued by the Seattle Fire department if it meets all of the following conditions:

  1. Individual maximum size of 700 square feet.
  2. Aggregate area of multiple tents placed together is 700 sq ft or less.
  3. Minimum of 12 feet clearance between the tent and any structure.

IMPORTANT! Complete application with fee must be received at least 10 calendar days prior to the event in order to avoid a late fee of 50%. Application and/or fee received 3 or fewer business days prior to the event may not be processed and the permit not issued.

If tents are being used in conjunction with assembly events, an additional permit is required for the assembly. The good news is, if you pay for an assembly permit, the TENT FEE IS WAIVED. But you still need to apply for a tent permit.

Applications for temporary assembly occupancy permits must be submitted 30 days prior to the event to allow time for review and help ensure the safety of event participants. Anything less than that incurs a 50% penalty.

See this page for fees. To sum up: Tent permit applications are due 10 days in advance, and cost $248. Assembly permits are due 30 days in advance, and vary from $221 for an indoor event up to 1000 people and $221 to $741 for an outdoor event depending on the number of people.

EHS is happy to assist you with questions regarding planning and safety requirements in advance of your event, or review plans prior to submittal to the SFD. They can be reached at 206-543-7262 or via their website.

Emergency Medical Services

If you need medical personnel at your event in case of emergency, contact American Medical Response: 1-800-542-7701 (ask for the Standby event coordinator)

Accident reporting

UW Environmental Health & Safety asks that you report all accidents, incidents and near misses within 24 hours through the Online Accident Reporting System (OARS).

Emergency management

UW Emergency Management is responsible for developing and implementing institution-wide programs and projects that promote disaster planning, training, mitigation, response, prevention and recovery for all-hazards. Please check their website for comprehensive information.

Door unlocks

Contact the building coordinator.

Health Sciences Building – Contact BMO at or 206-685-0143. If you encounter problems on the day of your actual event and need assistance with the doors, contact the University Police at 543-9331. They will respond by either alerting HS Security or taking other actions, as necessary.