Event Permits


Permit Fees & Charges

2015 NEW Public Events and Special Occasions (private, invitation-only events)

**as of October 23, 2014**

Permitting for these events begins:
Saturday, November 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. 

201 W. Colfax Ave.
Dept 1.G.1 (1st floor)

Final, detailed information regarding this process, including FAQs, blacked-out/unavailable. etc. dates will be posted on this page by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 29.

2015 Caps for Special Events/Runs/Races/Rides/Walks
In a unified effort by City agencies to help understand and manage the impacts special events* have on Denver’s residents and municipal resources, such as the  number of events, neighborhood usage, park usage, noise, trash, frequency, parking, road closures, etc., we will implement 3 caps for 2015.  The Caps described are temporary and only apply to 2015. Throughout the upcoming year all City agencies that deal with events in some form will be working together on solutions and policies necessary to resolve the myriad of challenges that organizers and residents face, including neighborhood and park usage, noise, trash, traffic issues and more. We ask for your patience as the city works to help create a more exciting, livable city. 

Learn more about event caps applicable in 2015.

While Denver evaluates its current citywide processes and criteria for permitting these popular events in and around the city and our neighborhoods, we will not be accepting applications for any NEW Run/Race/Walk or Bike Rides in 2014. This 2014 cap on new Runs/ Races or Bike Rides is necessary in order for the city to provide the best possible experience for those recurring events we currently permit on an annual basis.

For more information on these events, click here.

Submit Your Picnic Event Application!

In Person:
 Beginning Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 8 a.m.
Bring your application to the Parks Permit Office at the Webb building, 201 W. Colfax Avenue (1st Floor).

 Beginning Thursday, February 13, 2014
Send your application electronically to park.permits@denvergov.org. Electronic applications will be processed at the end of each business day. Please allow 3 business days for processing and confirmation.

Weekend Permits: Picnic Applications must be received in the Parks Permit Office by noon on Thursdays for Friday, Saturday and Sunday permits.

$51/day (Standard No-Shelter)
$97/day (Standard with Shelter)

Event User Size Standard Fee
(per day for non-alcohol)
Standard Fee
(per day with alcohol)
 1-350  $ 260  $ 440
 351-3,000  $ 855  $1,430
 3,001-10,000  $1,045  $1,785
 10,001-24,999  $1,990  $3,060
 25,000 +  $3,775  $3,925
 Non-profit 50% off of standard fee  

Park Permit Application

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.

Park Permit Application

Professional filming or photography (including digital imaging) of public property in Denver requires a permit from Special Events and Film Production. A permit from DPR is also required if the filming, photography or imaging takes place in any Denver park or park facility. Such a dual permit typically requires coordination with several offices, therefore a minimum of 72 hours notice is required.

Filming Guidelines / Procedures:
All requests must be initiated with Special Events and Film Production.

Mobile Stage Application

  • Once a film request has been completed, download a Park Permit Application.
  • Proof of Insurance of General Liability in the amount of $1,000,000 is required with a cancellation period of no less than 30 days. The City must be listed as additionally insured with the following statement: The City and County of Denver, its officers, officials and employees. Download Insurance Certificate information.
  • The application and insurance certificates will be faxed to the Denver Parks and Recreation Facility Use Permit Office at (720) 913-0778 for approval.
  • Requests involving a park, median area, or trail require approval from the Park Supervisor. Park Map with contact information.
  • Requests involving a Denver Golf Course require approval from Golf Course Supervisor. Visit the Golf Course website
  • Requests involving a Recreation Center require approval from the Center Supervisor. Visit the Recreation Center website.

Once all required documents and approvals have been received, a permit will be issued. 
Service Description Fee
Damage Deposit with alcohol or 750+ users 75% of standard permit fee
Electricity $ 9.25 / hour
Generator for stage rental $ 250 / day Mon - Fri
$ 375 Sat, Sun and holidays
$ 375 delivery charge
Setup / Breakdown 50% of standard permit fee
Show Wagon stage $ 400 / day
Performance stage $ 500 / day
Recycling bins for "open to the public" festivals and events No charge for use. Damage assessment fee if needed. Contact permit office.
Note: Other permits and fees may be required from police, fire, public works etc
Application fee with alcohol $35
Application fee (non-alcohol) $25

Contact Us

For information about POFA:

Parks Permit Office
201 W. Colfax Ave
Room 1.G.1 (1st floor)
Denver, CO 80202

Office Hours: M-F 8am - 4pm
Phone: (720) 913-0700
Fax: (720) 913-0778