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OFFICE of SPECIAL EVENTS

OFFICE of SPECIAL EVENTS

All City of Boulder Special Event Applications must comply with related state and county guidance including compliance with Colorado’s Dial Framework for county “openness”.  This framework recognizes unique local circumstances using an intuitive dial to visualize a community’s success in containing the spread of COVID-19.  Click here to view the current Boulder County “Dial Status” and corresponding restrictions for special events. Please Email  [email protected]  for assistance.


Do I need a Special Event Permit?

A special event permit is required for all planned and promoted public activities conducted on public property that meet any of the following criteria:

  • When the expected number of participants and spectators totals 50 or more people; and/or
  • When using tents, structures and/or sound amplification; and/or
  • When providing, selling or distributing alcohol and/or food to the public; and/or
  • When using public right of ways (e.g., city streets, multi-use paths and sidewalks), and/or impacting vehicle, bike or bus traffic.

Special Event Guide

When planning a special event in Boulder, the Special Events Guide pdf is an essential tool for event organizers navigating the permitting process to clarify deadline and requirements.

Please review the Special Events Guide pdf prior to developing a special event concept and submitting a Special Event Application.

Special Event Permit Application

After developing a special event concept, submit a Special Event Permit Application request with requirements specified in the Special Event Guide. Submitting a Special Event Application does NOT reserve, hold or guarantee dates or venues, nor imply any approval of the proposed concept or event.

Additional Permits, Requirements and Information

Additional City of Boulder permits or information may be required based on the size, scope and capacity of the special event, or if the event includes or offers any of the following items: