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Public Event & Special Occasion Permits

festival in Civic Center Park and movie showing in Skyline Park

Reservation Information

2017 Special Occasions (private, invitation-only events)

Applications for special occasions in Denver parks must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the day of the permitted event.  Download and compete the 2017 Park Permit Application in its entirety.

Applications may be submitted by email to park.permits@denvergov.org or in person at the Parks Permit Office:
Webb Building, Room 1.G.1
201 West Colfax Avenue
Monday – Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Please allow 24 business hours for an acknowledgment of receipt of your application from the Parks Permit Office.

Important Notes about 2017 Special Occasion permits:

  • Payment TERMS have changed for 2017– application fees will no longer be collected (previously $25 no alcohol | $35 alcohol). 
  • Within seven (7) business days of receipt of application: You will be sent a preliminary/conditional permit which serves as an invoice and includes a list of your permit requirements. 
  • Two payment dates will be noted on your preliminary permit/invoice:
    • First payment: is a deposit of $500 or 50% of total permit fees, whichever is less. This deposit is due 72 business hours after preliminary permit has been sent.  Failure to pay the deposit will result in cancellation of your preliminary permit.
    • Final payment: is the remaining balance is due 21 calendar days prior to your special occasion, along with your other permit requirements.  There will be no change in fees for 2017.

Event Permitting/Reservation Resources

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Other Rental Facilities

To reserve an event venue (City Park Pavilion, Washington Park Boathouse, Chief Hosa Lodge, etc.) please visit our rental facilities page

For questions, contact the Parks Permit Office at 720.913.0700 or park.permits@denvergov.org.  

 

2017 Public Events

Applications for public events in Denver parks must be submitted no later than 60 days prior to the first permitted day of the event.  Download and complete the 2017 Park Permit Application in its entirety.

Completed applications may be submitted by email to park.permits@denvergov.org or in person at the Parks Permit Office:
Webb Building, Room 1.G.1
201 West Colfax Avenue
Monday – Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm.

Please allow 24 business hours for an acknowledgment of receipt of your application from the Parks Permit Office.


Important notes about 2017 Public Event permits:

Event attendee capacities are now in place for some parks. These capacities apply to all public events other than historical-priority events. 

  • Events may be a maximum of 5 days:
    • 1 set-up day
    • 3 event days
    • 1 tear-down day
  • Payment TERMS have changed for 2017 – application fees will no longer be collected (previously $25 no alcohol | $35 alcohol). 
  • Within seven (7) business days of recieipt of your application: You will be sent a preliminary/conditional permit which serves as an invoice and includes a list of your permit requirements. 
  • Two payment dates will be noted on your preliminary permit/invoice:
    • First payment: is a deposit of $500 or 50% of total permit fees, whichever is less. This deposit is due 72 business hours after the preliminary has been sent.  Failure to pay the deposit will result in cancellation of your preliminary permit.
    • Final payment: is the remaining balance due 21 calendar days prior to your event, along with your other permit requirements. 
  • The Event Management Representative – or permit contact– can now be an employee, board member, OR authorized individual by way of a letter on entity letterhead signed and approved by an authorized employee or board member. 
    • This individual will be the ONLY person receiving communications from the Parks Permit Office until the entity provides a letter stating a change in Representative.
    • This means that entities who hire third-party event managers for their public events can now designate the third party as the permit contact, enabling their services to be utilized during the entire permit process.
    • Please provide the authorization letter with initial application submission.
  • If your public event utilizes the Central Park Pavilion or the City Park Pavilion, please indicate requested dates and times (including setup and tear down) in the NOTES section of the 2017 Park Permit Application.  Notes will be added to your preliminary permit.
  • The Performance Stage has been de-commissioned and will no longer be available to permit for public events. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

Event Permitting/Reservation Resources

 

Parks and recreation property and facilities are often the preferred choice of citizens to conduct public assemblies or other activities to exercise their First Amendment Rights.

A public assembly permit is required when such an event is for 50 or more people. This provides adequate notice to the City about logistics and safety issues and plans can be made accordingly for public safety and services. These events typically require coordination with several other agencies in addition to the permit.

2017 Park Permit Application