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Park & Event Facility Permits

In alignment with CDC guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19, Denver is prohibiting all gatherings through May 11:

  • Permits of all types have been cancelled through May 11 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 May 12 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.
  • The Parks Permit Office in the Wellington Webb Municipal Building remains closed until further notice, but staff are available Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. by email: park.permits@denvergov.org; or phone: 720-913-0700 (press 6, then leave a message).

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Private Outdoor Fee-Based Activity (POFA) is defined as a class, clinic, camp, guided activity, program or related service organized and offered by a Permittee for which payment, fee or other consideration is expected to be made to the Permittee. POFA is by-invitation-only or open to the public in general. POFA must be generally recreational in nature or common and customary park use.

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It is the policy of Denver Department Parks and Recreation and its Manager (DPR), under circumstances appropriate for Denver parks, to permit citizens and organizations the use of specified areas within Denver parks for the provision of certain private outdoor fee-based activities and services to the public, subject to this policy.

View POFA Procedures | Ver procedimientos de permisos

View POFA site map

Summer POFA Permit Process | April 2020 - September 2020

There are two opportunities to apply for a Summer 2020 POFA permit:

1.       Round 1 Applications: February 3rd – 14th **

  • 12:00am: via email to park.permits@denvergov.org 
  • 8:00am: in person at the Park Permit Office

2.       Round 2 Applications: March 9th

  • Rolling applications accepted through remainder of Summer POFA season

** The first round of applications will be accepted via email through 11:59pm on February 14th, or 4:00pm (COB) in-person at the Park Permit Office. The Park Permit Office will determine if a lottery is needed for POFA sites within a park.

Round 1 Applications:

Application fee: $25 each. In-person applicants will pay application fee at time of applying. Email applicants will be contacted no later than February 18th with payment instructions, application fees are due by 4:00pm on February 21st.

Payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, cash & checks to “Manager of Finance”.

Approved applicants will be notified via email by 4:00pm on February 24th (assuming no lottery is needed).

Lottery Timeline

  • If more applications are received than POFA sites available, a lottery system will be implemented—a notification with more information will be sent by COB February 24th
  • A lottery is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 25th, at 11am at the Park Permit Office 
  • Attendance is optional, RSVP’s are not taken 
  • Approved applicants will be notified via email by COB February 25th.

Final Payment/Requirements Timeline

All payments and insurance requirements for approved applicants are DUE by 4:00pm February 28th:

  • Payment accepted online or in-person only
  • Insurance certificates accepted via email or in person
  • Approved permits will be available for printing online by COB March 6th

Round 2 Applications:

All remaining POFA sites will be available for permitting beginning at 8:00am on March 9th:

  • Applications may be submitted via email to park.permits@denvergov.org or in-person at the Park Permit Office
  • Confirmations & invoices emailed within 3 business days of receiving the application
  • Application fee, final payment and insurance are DUE 3 business days after confirmation & invoice are sent

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Winter POFA Permit Process | October 2019 - March 2020

There are two opportunities to apply for a Winter 2019/2020 POFA permit:

  1. August 12 – 23*
    12:00am: via email to park.permits@denvergov.org
    8:00am: in person at the Park Permit Office

  2. September 10: Rolling application accepted rest of Winter POFA season

*The first round of applications will be accepted via email through 11:59pm on August 23, or 4:00pm (COB) in-person at the Parks Permit Office. This time is will determine if a lottery is needed for POFA sites within a park.

Payment

Application fee: $25 each
(due at time of submission; email applicants will be contacted no later than August 26 with payment instructions) All application fees are due by 4:00pm on August 30.

Payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, cash & checks to “Manager of Finance”.

Approval & Lottery

Approved applicants will be notified via email by 4:00pm on September 3.

Lottery

  • If more applications are received than POFA sites available, a lottery system will be implemented—a notification with more information will be sent by COB September 3.
  • A lottery is tentatively scheduled for Wed. September 4, 11am at the Park Permit Office
  • Attendance is optional, RSVP’s are not taken
  • Confirmations/invoices will be emailed to lottery participants by COB September 4

Final Payment & Permit

All payments and insurance requirements for approved permits are DUE by 4:00pm September 6:

  • Payment accepted online or in-person only
  • Insurance certificates accepted via email or in person
  • Approved permits will be available for printing online by COB September 9

Round 2 Applications:

All remaining POFA sites will be available for permitting beginning at 8:00am on September 10:

  • Applications may be submitted via email to park.permits@denvergov.org or in-person at the Park Permit Office
  • Confirmations & invoices emailed within 3 business days
  • Final payment and insurance are DUE 3 business days after confirmation & invoice are sent

Park Permit Office:
Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave. | Room 1.G.1
Denver, CO 80202
Email: park.permits@denvergov.org

Download POFA Permit Application (PDF)

Submit via email: park.permits@denvergov.org
Submit in-person: 201 W. Colfax Ave. Room 1.G.1 | Denver, CO 80202

 

Denver Parks & Recreation

Main Office

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