Private Outdoor Fee-Based Events


Private Outdoor Fee-Based Activity (POFA) is defined as a class, clinic, camp, guided activity, program or related service organized and offered by a Permittee for which payment, fee or other consideration is expected to be made to the Permittee. POFA is by-invitation-only or open to the public in general. POFA must be generally recreational in nature or common and customary park use.



It is the policy of Denver Department Parks and Recreation and its Manager (DPR), under circumstances appropriate for Denver parks, to permit citizens and organizations the use of specified areas within Denver parks for the provision of certain private outdoor fee-based activities and services to the public, subject to this policy.

Permit Procedures and Process

View POFA Procedures(PDF, 167KB) | Ver procedimientos de permisos(PDF, 104KB)

View POFA site map(PDF, 2MB)

COVID-19 Operations

Please note that permit holders must agree to and follow the COVID-19 special requirements OR COVID-19 special requirements if conducting camps as a condition of the permit.

State and City Orders can affect the status of park and event facility permits. Affected permit holders will be contacted as soon as possible should that occur.

Summer POFA Permit Process | April 2021 - September 2021

There are two opportunities to apply for a Summer 2021 POFA permit:

  1. Round 1 Applications: February 8 – 19*
    • 8:00 a.m: via email to
  2. Round 2 Applications: March 15
    • Rolling applications accepted starting 8:00am through remainder of Summer POFA season

*The first round of applications will be accepted via email through 11:59 p.m. on February 19. The Park Permit Office will determine if a lottery is needed for POFA sites within a park.

Round 1 Applications:

Application fee: $25 each. Email applicants will be contacted no later than February 24 with payment instructions, application fees are due by 4:00pm on March 1Approved applicants will be notified via email by 4:00 p.m. on March 2 (assuming no lottery is needed).

Payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, Discover

Lottery Timeline
  • If more applications are received than POFA sites available, a lottery system will be implemented—a notification with more information will be sent by COB March 2
  • A lottery is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, March 3, at 11:00 a.m.
  • Approved applicants will be notified via email by COB March 3


Final Payment/Requirements Timeline

All payments and insurance requirements for approved applicants are DUE by 4:00 p.m. March 8:

  • Payment accepted online only
  • Insurance certificates accepted via email
  • Approved permits will be available for printing online by COB March 12
Round 2 Applications:

All remaining POFA sites will be available for permitting beginning at 8:00 a.m. on March 15:

  • Applications may be submitted via email to
  • Confirmations & invoices emailed within 3 business days of receiving the application
  • Application fee, final payment and insurance are DUE 3 business days after confirmation & invoice are sent

Parks Permit Office:
Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave. | Room 1.G.1
Denver, CO 80202

*Please note our physical office is currently closed due to COVID-19. Please contact us by email.