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Public Works Permits — Special Events

Special Events that occupy public streets including parking lanes, bike lanes, alleys, sidewalks and public plazas shall require a Revocable Street Occupancy Permit (RSOP) and/or Meter Bagging Permit. This includes the placement of structures, stages, tents, tables, equipment or anything that is not mobile in the public right of way.

  • All special events that take place on Denver public property MUST coordinate with the Office of Special Events at denvergov.org/SpecialEvents.
  • Please note there may be multiple departments and agencies that require permits and approvals in addition to the Public Works permit.
 

Minimum 60 days prior to requested date(s) – fees will apply

Submit completed application packages on the Special Events Eproval Platform or email to transportationtmc@denvergov.org

Incomplete packets will be denied.

Requirements

To fill out this application, right-click to download the .xls document to your computer or device. Enter your information, save the document, and submit via email with other required documents attached.

Special Events that occupy public streets including parking lanes, bike lanes, alleys, sidewalks and public plazas shall require a Revocable Street Occupancy Permit (RSOP) and/or Meter Bagging Permit. This includes the placement of structures, stages, tents, tables, equipment or anything that is not mobile in the public right of way.

Complete submittals for a Revocable Street Occupancy Permit (RSOP) must include a completed Special Event Request Form, Right of Way Closure Request, Insurance Certificate, Event Notification Flyer and Event Site Plan. 

Online applications will be accepted through the Office of Special Events Eproval platform or by email (TransportationTMC@denvergov.org).

When completing the application, the dates and times must include event set-up and event tear down in addition to the specific event times.

  • The Public Works Right of Way Special Event Permit Request is for Public Works only and does not replace other applications, forms or requirements. It is your responsibility as the applicant to contact and work directly with the required city agencies for all permits and approvals. The Office of Special Events will assist you with additional requirements.

A Traffic Control Plan (TCP) or Method of Handling Traffic (MHT) shall be generated and maintained by a certified traffic control supervisor or licensed professional engineer from a barricade company in good standing with the City and County of Denver. TCP’s or MHTs must include: 

  • All travel lanes (including direction), alleys, drive cuts (parking lots/garages), sidewalks, parking lanes, bike lanes, crosswalks & traffic signals.
  • A detour plan shall be required when closing a collector or arterial roadway, protected bike lane or sidewalk.
  • ADA accessible pedestrian access through an event or an approved detour route must be provided.

Closures for the sole purpose of sound/visual barriers, parking or exclusion zones shall not be permitted.

Sample TCP/MHT (PDF)

City and County of Denver Street Classification Map (PDF - 6MB)
shows arterial, collector, and local streets; for best results, right-click to save the document and open in application

Event traffic control should not be in place during weekday AM and PM peak times (6am-8:30am and 3:30pm-6pm) on collector and arterial roadways unless preapproved by the City and County of Denver Public Works department.

All traffic control devices must be in accordance with the latest edition of the MUTCD and must be installed and removed by a certified traffic control supervisor or licensed professional engineer from a barricade company in good standing with the City and County of Denver.

Access to private property must be maintained unless written approval is provided from the property owner.

 

Residential/Local Street Requirements

Events on streets defined by the City and County of Denver Public Works as residential/local held by an outside entity or nonresident may require written approval in the form of a petition from 75% of the residential property owners.

Special events taking place on a Residential/Local Street (as defined below) that contain 100% residential properties including single family and multifamily units and are held by an outside entity (nonresident) must submit a completed petition signed by 75% of the impacted residents within the closure. 

Right of Way Closure Request: Petition for Special Events on Residential Streets/Alleys (PDF)

Events are limited to 3 days in duration which includes set up and tear down.

This is in addition to all other requirements of a Revocable Street Occupancy Permit (RSOP) and City and County of Denver special event requirements that pertain.

A Residential/Local Street, as defined by the City and County of Denver Public Works is a street with the following characteristics:

  • Primary function is to provide access for adjacent property owners
  • Does not normally carry through traffic
  • Low traffic volumes; no more than 2,000 vehicles per day
  • Speed limit is 25mph
  • Typically controlled with an alternating pattern of two-way stops

The petition will not be required for

  • Closures permitted by the Denver Police Department, which include races, marches, parades and processions 
  • Block Parties as defined by the City and County of Denver Public Works
  • Events held in 2018 that continue to be held in the same location by the same organization and at the same time of year

 

CITY INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR EVENTS

While hosting a special event in Denver, many activities will require permits from the City and County of Denver for use of city parks, open spaces, streets, sidewalks and public parking.

Insurance is required and evidence of such will need to be submitted to the Office of Special Events as well as any necessary additional city departments with your completed packet.

Each policy shall contain a valid provision or endorsement requiring a minimum thirty (30) day notification to the City in the event of cancelation of any required policy or non-renewal before the expiration date thereof, and ten (10) days notice of cancelation on account of non-payment of premium.

The insurance requirements specified below are the minimum requirements, and these requirements do not lessen or limit the liability of the Permittee. The Permittee shall maintain, at their own expense, any additional kinds or amounts of insurance that it may deem necessary to cover its obligations and liabilities under the City of Denver Filming Permit.

Permittee shall maintain a Commercial General Liability policy with limits of $1,000,000 for each occurrence, $1,000,000 for each personal and advertising claim, and $2,000,000 policy aggregate.

Permittee shall maintain Business Automobile Liability with limits of $1,000,000 combined single limit applicable to all owned, hired and non-owned vehicles used in all operations related to the City of Denver Filming Permit.

For Commercial General Liability, and Auto Liability, Permittee shall name the City and County of Denver, its elected and appointed officials, employees and volunteers as additional insured.

Pyrotechnics and/or explosives are not permitted, in conjunction with a City of Denver Permit, within the City and County of Denver without explicit permission from the City and County of Denver Office of Special Events and the Denver Fire Department. Additional insurance and permits will be required if permission is granted.

The City and County of Denver reserves the right to require additional insurance policies upon review of Permit applications.

An Event Notification Flyer must be distributed to all residences, businesses, city council offices, Denver police districts and Registered Neighborhood Organizations affected by the closure a minimum of 45 days prior to the event date (See Office of Special Events Community Notification Requirements). Valet companies, car share companies and RTD must also be notified of closure impacts a minimum of 45 days prior to the event.

Event Notification Checklist and Sample (PDF)

A detailed Event Site Plan is required that explains the specific use of the public right of way. Street closures for the sole purpose of sound/visual barriers, parking or exclusion zones shall not be permitted.

Example site map (PDF) — Indicates how the public right-of-way will be utilized and what event elements will be placed on the permitted space.

In 2019, special events that are open to the public that request a street, parking lane, bike lane, sidewalk, alley or public plaza closure will pay 3% of the standard fees charged for Revocable Street Occupancy Permits. The fee will increase by 1% annually until reaching 5% in 2021. Private or invitation only events, events closed to the general public, ie. company parties, weddings and VIP events, are not eligible for discounted rates.

Street Occupancy Permit requests for special events must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the event.

Applicants will be contacted via email when permit is ready to be picked up.

Full payment will be required before issuance of permit.

A complete packet includes all five documents listed here:

  • Special Event Request Form
  • Right of Way Closure Request
  • Insurance Certificate
  • Event Notification Flyer 
  • Event Site Plan

INCOMPLETE PACKETS WILL BE DENIED.

 

Permit Counter
2000 W. 3rd Avenue, Room 107, Denver, CO 80223-1027

 
 
Meter Permits

To request meter bagging, applicants will need to complete the new online application. You will select the specific meters to be bagged during the application process; meter number information is also located on the meter itself if needed.

Must be submitted a minimum of 5 business days prior to requested date – fees will apply

Environmental Achievement for Events on City Property

Certifiably Green Denver (CGD) is a voluntary and non-regulatory program that provides free educational outreach and technical assistance on a variety of environmental issues to businesses in the City and County of Denver. The primary goals of the program are to increase participation and adoption of sustainable practices to minimize use of hazardous materials, improve energy efficiency and water conservation, and decrease the use of resources and generation of waste.

Learn more about event certification (PDF)