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Public Event & Special Occasion Permits

festival in Civic Center Park and movie showing in Skyline Park

Reservation Information

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. 

Parks and recreation property and facilities are often the preferred choice of citizens to conduct public assemblies or other activities to exercise their First Amendment Rights.

A public assembly permit is required when such an event is for 50 or more people. This provides adequate notice to the City about logistics and safety issues and plans can be made accordingly for public safety and services. These events typically require coordination with several other agencies in addition to the permit.

2018 Park Permit Application

Denver Parks and Recreation
2019 Event Facility and Park Reservation FAQ’s

What is available for reservation for 2019 beginning on November 1, 2018?

  • Event Facilities including City Park Pavilion and Washington Park Boathouse.

    Reservations for the following venues are CURRENTLY OPEN for 2019 reservations but taken no sooner than exactly ONE YEAR in advance of desired rental date (reservations can be made online and in-person):

    Central Park Pavilion, Chief Hosa Lodge, Fleming Mansion, and the Montclair Civic Building
  • Special Occasions (private, by invitation only activities in parks) – various in park locations, INCLUDING Cheesman Park Pavilion
  • Public Events (festivals, concerts, runs/walks, etc. in parks) – various park locations
  • Public Assemblies (demonstrations, vigils, 1st Amendment activities in parks) – various park locations

 

When do I need to line up outside the Webb Building before reservation requests open on November 1?

If you are seeking a reservation for an Event Facility, you DO NOT need to come to the Webb Building at all if you submit your reservation request online (beginning 12:00am (midnight) MST on November 1).


For Special Occasion, Public Event, and Public Assembly permits in parks, applications are ONLY accepted in person on November 1 (and after) and are not available for online reservations at any time.

If you prefer to submit a reservation request in-person on November 1 (for an Event Facility, Special Occasion, Public Event, or Public Assembly permit), PLEASE CHECK BACK ON THIS WEBPAGE AFTER 4PM ON OCTOBER 26 for detailed information about the November 1 process.

Applications for Special Occasions, Public Events, and Public Assemblies submitted by email (park.permits@denvergov.org) will not be reviewed and processed until Monday, November 5. Any applications submitted by email prior to 7:00am MST on November 1 will be rejected.


How old must someone be to submit a permit application?

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


Where can I get more information?

  • Event Facilities – Visit denvergov.org/rentalfacilities after 4:00pm on October 26 for final information including 2019 unavailable dates, fees, payment schedule, cancelation policy, permit requirements and the November 1 in-person reservation process details
  • Special Occasions, Public Events, and Public Assemblies – Visit the Public Events & Special Occasions section of denvergov.org/permits after 4:00pm on October 26 for final information including

2019 unavailable dates, the 2019 Park Permit Application, other important permit information, and the November 1 in-person reservation process details

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