Special Events - DOTI
Last Modified: 3/1/2023
Special Events that occupy public streets including parking lanes, bike lanes, alleys, sidewalks and public plazas shall require a Special Event Revocable Street Occupancy Permit (SERSOP).
To apply for a Special Event Revocable Street Occupancy Permit, go to the Office of Special Events. For private events or events that don’t require approval from any other city agencies, follow the instructions below – fees apply.
All application packets received by Denver's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) must contain a completed Special Event Revocable Street Occupancy Permit Request along with a Right of Way Closure Request, Insurance Certificate, Event Notification Flyer and event Site Plan. See the requirements information below for specific details.
Special Event Revocable Street Occupancy Permit Entrance Requirements(PDF, 161KB)
Special Event Revocable Street Occupancy Permit Request(PDF, 181KB)
To fill out this application, click to download(PDF, 181KB) to your computer or device. Enter your information, save the document, and submit via email with other required documents attached.
This form must be accompanied by other required documentation in a complete packet submitted to TransportationTMC@denvergov.org a minimum of 60 days prior to the event.
City Insurance Requirements For Events - Documentation
Sample Insurance Documentation(PDF, 868KB)
While hosting a special event in Denver, many activities will require permits from City and County of Denver for use of city parks, open spaces, streets, sidewalks public parking.
Insurance is required and evidence of such will need to be submitted to the Office of Special Events as well as any necessary additional city departments with your completed packet.
Each policy shall contain a valid provision or endorsement requiring a minimum
(30) day notification to the City in the event of cancelation of any required policy renewal before the expiration date thereof, and ten (10) days notice of cancelation account of non-payment of premium.
The insurance requirements specified below are the minimum requirements, an requirements do not lessen or limit the liability of the Permittee. The Permittee shall maintain, at their own expense, any additional kinds or amounts of insurance that deem necessary to cover its obligations and liabilities under the City of Denver Permit.
Permittee shall maintain a Commercial General Liability policy with limits of $1,0 for each occurrence, $1,000,000 for each personal and advertising claim, and
$2,000,000 policy aggregate.
Permittee shall maintain Business Automobile Liability with limits of $1,000,000 combined single limit applicable to all owned, hired and non-owned vehicles us operations related to the City of Denver Filming Permit.
For Commercial General Liability, and Auto Liability, Permittee shall name the City County of Denver, its elected and appointed officials, employees and volunteers additional insured.
Pyrotechnics and/or explosives are not permitted, in conjunction with a City of D Permit, within the City and County of Denver without explicit permission from the and County of Denver Office of Special Events and the Denver Fire Department. Additional insurance and permits will be required if permission is granted.
The City and County of Denver reserves the right to require additional insurance policies upon review of Permit applications.
Right of Way Closure Request
Sample Traffic Control Plan
A Traffic Control Plan (TCP) or Method of Handling Traffic (MHT) shall be generated and maintained by a certified traffic control supervisor or licensed professional engineer from a barricade company in good standing with the City and County of Denver. TCP’s or MHT’s must include:
- All travel lanes (including direction), alleys, drive cuts (parking lots/garages), sidewalks, parking lanes, bike lanes, crosswalks & traffic signals.
- A detour plan shall be required when closing a collector or arterial roadway, bike lane or sidewalk.
- ADA accessible pedestrian access through an event or an approved detour route must be provided.
- A relocation plan for shared mobility amenities like carshare that will be inaccessible during the closure.
Event traffic control should not be in place during weekday AM and PM peak times (6am-8:30am and 3:30pm-6pm) on collector and arterial roadways unless preapproved by the City Traffic Engineer or Designee.
All traffic control devices must be in accordance with the latest edition of the MUTCD and must be installed and removed by a certified traffic control supervisor or licensed professional engineer from a barricade company in good standing with the City and County of Denver.
Special events taking place on a Residential/Local Street (as defined below) that contain 100% residential properties including single family and multifamily units and are held by an outside entity (non-resident) must submit a completed Petition(PDF, 183KB) signed by 75% of the impacted residents within the closure and are limited to 3 days in duration which includes set up and tear down.
A Residential/Local Street, as defined by the City and County of Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is a street with the following characteristics:
- Primary function is to provide access for adjacent property owners
- Does not normally carry through traffic
- Low traffic volumes; no more than 2,000 vehicles per day
- Typically controlled with an alternating pattern of two-way stops
Event Site Plan(PDF, 2MB)
A detailed event site plan that indicates how the right-of-way will be utilized and what event elements will be placed in the permitted space. Street closures for the sole purpose of sound/visual barriers, parking or exclusion zones shall not be permitted. Motorized vehicles or trailers are not allowed on city sidewalks.
Event Notification Flyer(PDF, 149KB)
A notification flyer distributed to residents, businesses and other organizations a minimum of 45 days prior to the event and then again a week before the event is required.
Applicant will be contacted via email when permit is complete. Full payment will be required before issuance of SERSOP.
Parking Meter Request
Any special event applicant requesting to bag meters will need to complete the new online application.
Must be submitted a minimum of 30 business days prior to requested date – fees apply.
Applicants will be contacted via email when permits are approved and ready. Full payment will be required before issuance of meter permit.
INCOMPLETE PACKETS WILL BE DENIED