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Public Works Permits — Special Events

Events that occupy public streets including parking lanes, bike lanes, alleys, sidewalks and tree lawns shall require a Revocable Street Occupancy Permit and/or meter bagging permit.

  • All special events that take place on Denver public property MUST coordinate with the Office of Special Events at
  • 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

Send completed application package to

Incomplete packets will be denied.


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.

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.

TCPs shall be generated and maintained by a barricade company in good standing with the City and County of Denver. TCP’s 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.

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

Sample Traffic Control Plan (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

Local access to private property must be maintained unless written approval is provided from the owner of the property.

ADA accessible pedestrian access through the event or an approved detour route must be provided.

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 Denver Public Works Transportation and Mobility.

If you are requesting a closure to a street with parking meters, you must also put in a request to bag the meters.


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.

Applicants are required to notify impacted residents and businesses of public right of way closures.  All access issues must be addressed.  Please use the sample provided for more details.

Sample neighborhood event notification (PDF)

A detailed site plan is required that explains the specific use of the roadway.

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.

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
  • Traffic Control Plan
  • Insurance
  • Neighborhood Notification
  • Event Site Map



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)

In 2017, special events and other public events that request street, sidewalk or alley closures will pay 1% of fees regularly charged for street occupancy permits related to construction and other activities. The fee will increase by 1% annually starting in 2018, reaching 5% in 2021.

Private or invitation only events, events closed to the general public, ie. company parties, weddings and VIP events, will be charged standard rates for occupancy of the public right of way.