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. 

Film Permit Application

To request a Film Permit to film on Open Space, Pearl Street Mall, City Streets, Sidewalks and Parks.

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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