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Permit requests for Assemblies/1st Amendment Activities, Public Events and Special Occasions for the remainder of 2020 season will resume beginning at 8:00 am by email ONLY (park.permits@denvergov.org) on Monday, August 3 (first come, first served). The first available permit date is Thursday, August 20 (Assemblies/1st Amendment Activities are typically approved within 5 business days).

Applicants will be contacted within three business days.

The maximum capacity allowed for all of the above permit types is 175 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

COVID-19 special requirements for Special Occasions

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.


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 opening date for 2021 Park Permit & Event Facility Reservations is Monday, November 2, 2020.

Find answers to frequently asked questions below:

What is available for reservation for 2021 beginning on Monday, November 2, 2020?

  • Public Events (festivals, concerts, runs/walks, etc. in parks): Various park locations
  • Special Occasions (private, by invitation only activities in parks): Various park locations, including Cheesman Park Pavilion
  • Assemblies/1st Amendment activities: Various park locations
  • Event Facilities: Find more information on DPR Event Facilities

 

What is the process when reservation requests open on Monday, November 2?

  • Due to COVID-19, the Parks Permit office is closed - we will be processing applications by email
  • Please check back on this webpage after 4:00pm on Monday, October 26 for detailed information about this updated process
     

How old must someone be to submit a permit application

  • All permit applicants must be 18 years of age or older

Where can I find more information? 

  • Public Events, Special Occasions and Assembly/1st Amendment: Visit the Public Events & Special Occasions page after 4:00pm on Monday, October 26 for final information including 2021 unavailable dates, the 2021 Park Permit Application, other important information, and details on the November 2 online reservation process
  • Event Facilities: Visit the Event Facilities page after 4:00pm on Monday, October 26 for final information including 2021 unavailable dates, fees, payment schedule, cancellation policy, permit requirements and details on the November 2 reservation process

 

Please contact the Parks Permit Office at 720.913.0700 (press 6)  or park.permits@denvergov.org with additional questions

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:

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)

Permit Resources

 
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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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