|Special Events Permit Guidelines|
(or how to know when you need one)
This information has been prepared to assist you in planning and meeting the necessary requirements for a safe and enjoyable event. If you should have any questions which are not answered in this application packet, please contact the Special Events Coordinator at (970) 221-6555 or e-mail your questions to
You will need to fill out a special event permit application if your event -
This includes block parties, parades, athletic events, and other special events, as defined below.
Block Party: A festive gathering which requires the closure of a street. A special event permit is not required for block parties not requiring street closure.
Parade: A march or procession which interferes with pedestrian and/or vehicular traffic. A special event permit is not required if the parade has 40 or less participants, stays on the sidewalks, and abides by all traffic regulations and controls.
Athletic Events: An occasion when a group of participants collectively engage in a sport or other forms of physical exercise which interferes with pedestrian or vehicular traffic. This includes bicycle and foot races.
Other Special Events: Street fair, arts and crafts show, carnival, soapbox derby, rally or other event which interferes with pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
NOTE: A special event permit is not a permit to violate City codes, ordinances, rules, or regulations, IE: noise violations. If a violation occurs, it may result in citation(s) issued to the event applicant/responsible person.
Fee: A $50 fee will be required for all events except block parties or events sponsored by a non-profit organization. This fee is to cover administrative costs. It will be waived if the applicant provides a letter from the non-profit organization which states that the event is for non-profit and lists the tax-exempt ID number; a copy of the tax-exempt certificate must also be attached.
Indemnification Agreement: Prior to issuance of a permit, the applicant, and sponsor if applicable, must sign an indemnification agreement. This agreement indemnifies the City of Fort Collins from any liability, which may arise as a result of the special event. This needs to be witnessed and signed in the presence of a notary public. Notaries are available during business hours at FCPS. There is no charge for this service.
Signatures of affected residents and/or businesses: required for any street or sidewalk blockages or closures – including residences above businesses (i.e.: Old Town Square area) unless other arrangements have been made with the Special Event Coordinator.