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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

2018 reservation requests for Denver Parks & Recreation's event facilities and park sites will be accepted beginning November 1, 2017.

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Frequently Asked Questions: 2018 reservation process

 

What is available for reservation for 2018 beginning on November 1, 2017?

  • Event Facilities including City Park Pavilion and Washington Park Boathouse. Reservations for the following venues are CURRENTLY OPEN for 2018 reservations but are taken no sooner than exactly ONE YEAR in advance of desired rental date: Central Park Pavilion, Chief Hosa Lodge, Fleming Mansion, and the Montclair Civic Building
  • Special Occasions (private, by invitation only activities in parks) – various in park locations, INCLUDING Cheesman Park Pavilion
  • Public Events (festivals, concerts, runs/walks, etc. in parks) – various park locations


When do I need to line up outside the Webb Building before reservation requests open on November 1?
If you are seeking a reservation for an Event Facility, you DO NOT need to line up or come to the Webb Building. Submit your reservation request online beginning 12:00am (midnight) MST on November 1.

For Special Occasion and Public Event permits in parks, applications are ONLY accepted in person on November 1 (and after) and are not available for online reservations at any time.

If you prefer to submit a reservation request in-person on November 1 (beginning at 7:00am MST), for an Event Facility, Special Occasion, or Public Event permit, you may line up outside the Court Street entrance on the west side of the Webb Building anytime you’d like. We do not recommend any certain day or time to start standing in line. We DO recommend submitting a reservation request online (for Event Facilities only), as requests received between 12:00 midnight - 7:00am MST on November 1 will be processed first.

Applications for Special Occasions and Public Events submitted by email (park.permits@denvergov.org) will not be reviewed and processed until Monday, November 6. Any applications submitted by email prior to 7:00am MST on November 1 will be rejected.


How do you know who is first in line?
Parks Permit Office Staff DO NOT keep track of when people begin lining up outside. Numbered tickets will be given out as people enter the Webb Building via the Court Street entrance to determine the order in which customers will be serviced. Reservations are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.


How will people know where the line starts?
Signs will be posted outside the Webb Building by 4:00pm MST on Friday, October 27, indicating where the line starts - Court Street Entrance on the west side of the building. Instructions on where to view a list of unavailable dates (due to closures, historical priority events, rest dates, other restrictions) that have already been reserved will be also be posted.


How long will it take to process my application on November 1?
We do not know how long it will take to process applications on November 1 and recommend planning to be at the Webb Building for several hours after the office opens at 7:00am MST.  In the event we have not assisted every customer by closing time at 3:00pm MST, your place in line will be retained with the numbered ticket you received upon entrance. In-person reservation requests will resume at 8:00am MST on Thursday, November 2. Historically, Parks Permit Office staff have been able to assist every customer by close of business on opening day (3:00pm MST).

 

How will I use the restroom if I decide to submit my request in-person and stand in line outside?
A port-o-let will be placed outside of the Webb Building on Friday, October 27.


What can I do to make waiting in line more comfortable?
Overnight camping is not allowed in Denver so please do not bring sleeping bags, any type of heater, tents, grills, shade structures, etc.  Chairs and blankets are allowed.  Please keep your space’s footprint minimal and do not block any sidewalks, stairways or driveways.


When will the Webb Building Open?
The Webb Building will open at 6:00am MST on November 1. Numbered tickets will be given out as you enter the Webb Building. The number on your ticket indicates your place in line. Ticket numbers will be called beginning at 7:00am MST to process applications.  You are required to go through security upon entering the Webb Building.  To speed up the security screening process, please put away as many items such blankets and chairs in your car as possible. Be prepared to show a government-issued ID card (driver license, military ID) to enter the building and turn in a permit application.  A waiting area next to the Parks Permit Office and restroom facilities will be available for customers. Chairs, blank application forms, pens, and an information station for questions will be provided.


How old must someone be to submit a permit application?
All permit applicants must be 18 years of age or older.


Where can I get more information?

  • Event Facilities – Visit denvergov.org/rentalfacilities after 4:00pm MST on Friday, October 27, 2017 for final information including 2018 unavailable dates, fees, payment schedule, cancelation policy, and permit requirements.
  • Special Occasions and Public Events – Visit the Public Events & Special Occasions section of denvergov.org/permits after 4:00pm MST on Friday, October 27, 2017 for final information including 2018 unavailable dates, the 2018 Park Permit Application, and other important permit information.

Please contact the Parks Permit Office at 720.913.0700 or park.permits@denvergov.org with additional questions.