Fireworks may legally be sold in unincorporated Snohomish County between noon on June 28 and noon on July 6 of each year. Fireworks discharge violations are a Class 1 civil infraction punishable by a $500 penalty in accordance with SCC 30.53A.400 and SCC 10.70.110(1)(a), and subject to a court order of restitution.
**NEW (2021)** Unincorporated South Snohomish County has banned the discharge of fireworks as of 2021 (map link). In the remainder of unincorporated areas of the county where fireworks may be legally discharged, they are allowed only on the Fourth of July from 9 a.m. until midnight. Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue has also created an interactive Firework Discharge Information Map allowing you to enter street addresses to determine firework rules by location.
Jurisdictions within the county have their own regulations related to firework discharge, and many have banned fireworks. Please view the “Stay Safe and Legal this Fourth of July” flyer for more information about each jurisdiction’s rules. NOTE: The City of Bothell has issued a temporary ban on the sale, possession, and use of fireworks for 2021. The order is in effect through July 5, 2021. See the City of Bothell website for more details.
Visit Surface Water Management's webpage for important information on how to safely discard fireworks debris to save our streams.
Fireworks Stand Permits
A fireworks permit will be required to operate a fireworks stand. A fireworks stand application must be received on or before May 31st each calendar year. The instructional guide (PDF) has been prepared to specifically detail the requirements of application. Please read it carefully to ensure that applications are being submitted complete.
Fireworks Display Permits
Fireworks displays also require a permit from the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office. A fireworks display application (PDF) must be received at least 10 days prior to the date of display. Again, the instructional guide (PDF) has been prepared to detail the specific requirements of the application. It is important that all applications are submitted complete. Failure to do so may result in the permit not being issued due to time constraints.