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Park & Event Facility Permits

Due to public and private gathering limitations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Permits have been cancelled through July 9 with associated fees automatically refunded
  • Reschedule requests for cancelled 2020 permits will not be processed until further notice
  • New applications for any type of permit in 2020 will not be processed until further notice
  • Permitted activities with historical status or working toward obtaining historical status will not be penalized due to the cancellation of their 2020 permit as a result of COVID-19
  • All existing in-process permits for July 10 or later are still being processed - should the status of these permits change, permit holders will be notified as soon as possible
  • Permit holders for any type of 2020 permit may contact the Parks Permit Office at any time for a full refund:
    Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    720-913-0700 (press 6, then leave a message)
    park.permits@denvergov.org

Public Events & Special Occasions


 

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Photo of 'Movies in the Park' event at Skyline Park

Reservation Information

Parks are often chosen as a place to exercise first amendment rights. A public assembly permit is required for gatherings of 50 or more people, and for exclusive use of a site.

2020 Park Permit Application (PDF)

 

 

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

Application and 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 (PDF).

Email your completed application to park.permits@denvergov.org or submit in-person to the Parks Permit Office: 201 West Colfax Avenue; Room 1.G.1. (Monday – Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm)

Please allow a full business day/24 hours for the Parks Permit Office to confirm receipt of your application.

Within 7 business days of receiving your application you will be sent a preliminary permit which serves as an invoice and includes a list of permit requirements.

Payment

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

  1. First payment: is a deposit of $500 or 50% of total permit fees, whichever is less. This deposit is due 3 business days/72 hours after the preliminary permit has been sent.  Failure to pay the deposit will result in cancelation of your preliminary permit.
  2. Final payment: is the remaining balance is due 21 calendar days prior to your event, 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.

The Event Management Representative 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 communications from the Parks Permit Office until the organization provides a letter stating a change in  the representative.

Pavilions

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 permit application.

Please download and review these important public event permitting resources:

 

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

Applications for special occasions in Denver parks must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the permitted event. Please download and compete the Park Permit application.

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 note:

  • Allow a full business day/24 hours for the Parks Permit Office to confirm receipt of your application.

  • Within seven (7) business days of receiving your application you will be sent a preliminary 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 3 business days/72 hours after the 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 event, along with other permit requirements.

Find more information and resources such as permit application, fees and policies on the right side of this page.

Other Event Facilities
To reserve an event facility (City Park Pavilion, Washington Park Boathouse, Chief Hosa Lodge, etc.) please visit our event facilities page

Please download and review these important public event permitting resources:


Permit Resources

 
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Film & Photography Frequently Asked Questions

All permit applications for film and photography projects must be submitted at least 5 days in advance. All permits for film and photography are free-of-charge unless exclusive use of space is desired, in which case normal permit fees apply.

When is a permit required for film/photography projects?
Personal family portrait sessions, wedding videography shoots, etc. done strictly for private use DO NOT require a permit unless exclusive use of park space is desired.

Film and photography conducted in parks for commercial use always require a permit.

Who issues film permits?
If fewer than 5 people are involved in the film project (including crew members), a park permit is issued from Denver Parks & Recreation free-of-charge unless exclusive use of space is desired.

If 6 or more people are involved in a commercial film project, a film permit must first be initiated through the Denver Office of Special Events.

Is insurance needed?
All permits for commercial film projects require insurance:

Do press events require a permit?
Day-of press conferences and media events do not require a permit; however, all park rules must be followed, including parking restrictions—no vehicles are allowed in unauthorized areas.

Pre-scheduled press events in parks should submit a Park Permit application at least 5 days in advance.

Contact the Parks Permit Office

Email: park.permits@denvergov.org


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

Office Hours: Mon. - Fri. | 8:00am - 4:00pm
Phone: 720.913.0700
Fax: 720.913.0778  

 

Denver Parks & Recreation

Main Office

201 West Colfax Ave, Dept. 601
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 913-1311
ParksandRecreation@denvergov.org
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