Assemblies, Public Events & Special Occasions

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As the COVID-19 virus remains in our community, it is important to understand that information and guidelines around gatherings and special requirements may change at any time and can impact permits. Customers will be notified as soon as possible with any changes that impact their permit.

The current maximum capacity allowed for Assemblies, Public Events and Special occasions is 75 attendees at any one time.

Permit holders must agree to and follow new requirements as a condition of the permit:

COVID-19 special requirements for Assemblies/1st Amendment Activities and Public Events(PDF, 152KB)

COVID-19 special requirements for Special Occasions(PDF, 230KB)


2021 Permit Information

Important COVID-19 Information:

  • Permit applicants may cancel due to COVID-19 at any time in 2021 for a full refund
  • Permit applicants may request a reschedule date due to COVID-19 when contacting the Parks Permit Office and requesting a cancellation of the original reservation request
  • Rescheduled dates in 2021 (due to COVID-19) for Public Events and Assemblies (seeking to obtain historical priority status) will not be honored in 2022
  • Cancelled dates in 2021 (due to COVID-19) for Public Events and Assemblies will count towards historical priority status for 2022
  • Dates vacated by a cancellation in 2021 (Public Events and Assemblies) may be re-permitted; however, if the dates cancelled were held by an historical permit, first right of refusal for those dates/park will be offered to the historical permit holder for 2022

2021 Public Events

Public Events include festivals, concerts, runs, walks and admission-based events in parks.

Application & Timeline

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 the application 

Email your completed application to park.permits@denvergov.org

Please allow one (1) business day for the Parks Permit Office to confirm receipt of your application.

Within seven (7) business days of receiving your application, you will be sent an email with a preliminary permit which serves as an invoice and a list of permit requirements.

Special Notes

  • Applicants may only have one active application in process per event at any time
  • “Back Up” or “Rain Out” applications will not be accepted if a current application is in process for the exact same event in the same calendar year
  • Any applicant that is seeking multiple dates for the same event series (i.e. summer movie series), may only apply one event/date/park per application (same permit holder and authorized agent for each application is acceptable). Denver Parks and Recreation reserves the right to determine an “event series”

Payment

Two payment dates will be noted on your preliminary permit/invoice:

  1. First payment: is a deposit of $500 or 50% of the total permit fee, whichever is less. This deposit is due three (3) business days after the preliminary permit has been sent. Failure to pay the deposit will result in cancellation of your preliminary permit.
  2. Final payment: is the remaining balance and is due 21 calendar days prior to your permit start date, along with other permit requirements.

Event Managers and Permit Contacts

Organizations who hire third-party event managers for their public events can designate them as the permit contact, or Event Management Representative/Authorized Agent.

The Authorized Agent can also be an employee, board member or authorized individual with an official letter from the organization signed and approved by an employee or board member. Please provide the authorization letter with application submission.

This individual will be the ONLY person receiving communication from the Parks Permit Office until the organization provides a letter stating a change in the representative.

Pavilions

If your public event utilizes Central Park Pavilion or City Park Pavilion, please indicate requested dates and times, including setup and teardown, in the NOTES section of the permit application

*Please review important permitting resources and other requirements in the tabs below*

2021 Special Occasions

Special Occasions are private, invitation-only events in parks.

Application & Timeline

Applications for special occasions in Denver parks must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the first permitted day of the event. Download the application 

Email your completed application to park.permits@denvergov.org

Please allow one (1) business day for the Parks Permit Office to confirm receipt of your application.

Within seven (7) business days of receiving your application, you will be sent an email with a preliminary permit which serves as an invoice and a list of permit requirements.

Any applicant that is seeking multiple dates for the same activity (i.e. church service), must wait 30 days in between submitting applications

Payment

Two payment dates will be noted on your preliminary permit/invoice:

  1. First payment: is a deposit of $500 or 50% of the total permit fee, whichever is less. This deposit is due three (3) business days after the preliminary permit has been sent. Failure to pay the deposit will result in cancellation of your preliminary permit.
  2. Final payment: is the remaining balance and is due 21 calendar days prior to your permit start date, along with other permit requirements.

Other Event Facilities
To reserve an event facility (City Park Pavilion, Washington Park Boathouse), please visit our Event Facilities page

*Please review important permitting resources and other requirements in the tabs below* 

Assemblies/1st Amendment Activities

Parks are often chosen as a place to exercise first amendment rights. A public assembly permit is required for exclusive use of a site.

Download the application 

Email your completed application to park.permits@denvergov.org