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PUBLIC EVENTS & SPECIAL OCCASIONS

festival in Civic Center Park and movie showing in 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.

2019 Park Permit Application (PDF)

2020 Permit Information:

Park Permit applications for First Amendment Assemblies in 2020 are accepted in-person or via email, beginning Nov. 1, 2019.

Nov. 1 Permit Process FAQs (PDF)

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.

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

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

Public events are free, open to the public and include walks/runs/rides, concerts, and festivals, along with admission-based events in parks. Permit applications for 2020 public events are accepted beginning Friday, November 1 at 7:00 a.m. MST.

November 1 Permit Application Process: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

In-person submissions: reservation requests will be processed beginning Friday, November 1 at 7:00AM 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 Tuesday, November 5. Any applications submitted by email prior to 7:00AM MST on Friday, 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 Friday, 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.

Once an application is processed, applicants will be given information regarding payment, permit requirements, and deadlines in order to receive an approved permit.

Please download and review these important public event permitting resources:

 

Special occasions are private, invitation-only events in parks. Permit applications for 2020 special occasions are accepted beginning Friday, November 1 at 7:00AM MST.

November 1 Permit Process: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

In-person submissions: Reservation requests will be processed beginning Friday, November 1 at 7:00am 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 Tuesday, November 5. Any applications submitted by email prior to 7:00am MST on Friday, 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 Friday, 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.

Once an application is processed, applicants will be given information regarding payment, permit requirements, and deadlines in order to receive an approved permit. 

Please download and review these important public event permitting resources:

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Other Event Facilities

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

For questions, contact the Parks Permit Office at 720.913.0700 and press 6 to speak with a Staff Member or park.permits@denvergov.org.  

 

Permit Resources

Contact Us

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  

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 a 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 a park space is desired.

Film and photography conducted in parks for commercial use always requires 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 a 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 are allowed in unauthorized areas.

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