Information about Organizing a Special Event in Boulder

The City of Boulder is proud to host a variety of Special Events that contribute to the social, economic and environmental health and well-being of our community.

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How to Get Started

When planning a first-time Event or making changes to a renewal event, please consider contacting the Office of Special Events before finalizing an event concept or application. A preliminary conversation with city staff regarding the availability of a venue, proposed route or general technical assistance may save valuable time and provide useful guidance in the development of a special event concept.

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 Permit Process

Review Special Events Guide

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

Review Additional Requirements

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 specific items.

Submit Event Permit Application

After developing an event concept, submit a Special Event Permit Application request with requirements specified in the Special Event Guide.

Please note: submitting a Special Event Application does NOT reserve, hold or guarantee dates or venues, nor imply any approval of the proposed concept or event.

Once submitted, a city representative will respond within 10 business days and serve as the city Point of Contact for processing the application, facilitating pending requirements and issuing the special event permit. The city Point of Contact will communicate directly with the Event Organizer regarding any additional information, documentation, permits, licenses or meetings required by the Special Event Review Team. All subsequent communication and submissions must be made directly to the city Point of Contact.

Questions? Contact the Office of Special Events