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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 a 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 a common and customary park use.

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


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
    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.


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.


  • 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 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

Download POFA Permit Application (PDF)

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

Contact Us

For information:

Parks Permit Office
201 W. Colfax Ave
Room 1.G.1 (1st floor)
Denver, CO 80202

Office Hours: M-F 8am - 4pm
Phone: (720) 913-0700
Fax: (720) 913-0778