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Public Event & Special Occasion Permits

festival in Civic Center Park and movie showing in Skyline Park

Reservation Information

Public events include festivals, concerts, runs, walks and admission-based events in parks. Permit applications for 2019 public events are accepted beginning Thursday, November 1 at 7:30am 

Download Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

In-person submissions: reservation requests will be processed beginning November 1 at 7:30AM in the Wellington Webb Municipal Building: 201 West Colfax Ave. Room 1.G.1.

Email submissions: Applications sent to park.permits@denvergov.org will not be reviewed or processed until Monday, November 5. Any applications submitted by email prior to 7:30am MST on November 1 will be rejected. Public Event applications cannot be submitted online.

Individual Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must present a government-issued picture ID, preferably a driver license. Individual applicants may be represented by another person for physical delivery of the application, but the name of the individual applicant under which the permit will be issued must be listed and signed on the application.

Entity Applicants (organizations) must have an identified authorized agent. The agent must be at least 18 years old and an employee, board member or authorized agent. A new agent must have an authorization letter on the organization’s letterhead at the time of application. The authorized agent must sign the application.

An authorized agent may also be represented by another individual for physical delivery of the application, but the name of the entity under which the permit will be issued must be listed as the applicant and signed by the authorized agent.

Failure to have the proper signature on an application will result in the application being rejected at the time of submission.

Multiple applications:
On November 1, only one application per person will be accepted. For applicants wishing to pursue multiple parks/dates for different public events, the applicant must have one person representing each application for the    in-person reservation process.

Please review Other Permit Resources in the drop-down menu on the right side of this page to find additional policies, requirements and other information relevant to your park permit.

Special occasions are private, invitation-only events in parks. Permit applications for 2019 special occasions are accepted beginning Thursday, November 1 at 7:30am.

Download Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

In-person submissions: reservation requests will be processed beginning November 1 at 7:30am MST in the Wellington Webb Municipal Building: 201 West Colfax Ave. Room 1.G.1.

Email submissions: Applications sent to park.permits@denvergov.org will not be reviewed or processed until Monday, November 5. Any applications submitted by email prior to 7:30am MST on November 1 will be rejected. Special Occasion permit applications cannot be submitted online.

Individual Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must present a government-issued picture ID, preferably a driver license. Individual applicants may be represented by another person for physical delivery of the application, but the name of the individual applicant under which the permit will be issued must be listed and signed on the application.

Entity Applicants (organizations) must have an identified authorized agent. They must be at least 18 years old and an employee, board member or authorized agent. An agent must have an authorization letter on the organization’s. The authorized agent must sign the application.

An authorized agent may also be represented by another individual for physical delivery of the application, but the name of the entity under which the permit will be issued must be listed as the applicant and signed by the authorized agent.

Failure to have the proper signature on an application will result in the application being rejected at the time of submission.

Multiple applications:
On November 1, only one application per person will be accepted. For applicants wishing to pursue multiple parks/dates for different special occasions, one person representing each application must be present for the in-person reservation process.

Please review Other Permit Resources in the drop-down menu on the right side of this page to find additional policies, requirements and other information relevant to your park permit.

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

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.

Download Frequently Asked Questions about the Nov. 1 Permit Process (PDF)

2019 Blackout list (PDF)

2019 Park Permit Application (PDF)

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 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.

Please download and review these important event permitting resources:

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Other Rental Facilities

To reserve an event venue (City Park Pavilion, Washington Park Boathouse, Chief Hosa Lodge, etc.) please visit our rental facilities page

For questions, contact the Parks Permit Office at 720.913.0700 or park.permits@denvergov.org.  

 

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 and complete the Park Permit application.

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 2017 permit application.

Please download and review these important event permitting resources:

 

  • 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.