Office of Special Events

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.

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 Application

To request a Special Event Permit for hosting public activities on public property as defined above. 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. 

Advocacy Reservation Request Application

To request a reservation for first amendment speech, rally, picket, speak, march, vigil, or similar gatherings to express views by more than one person on public property.

NOTE: All City of Boulder Special Event Applications must comply with related state and county guidance for 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.

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