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Frequently Asked Questions

I am planning a picnic in the park, what permit will I need?

This permit could vary. It could be a simple Drop-In User Permit up to a Large Event Permit. For further information, please refer Parks web page.

I want to have a neighborhood block party

If you want to close a street for your party you will need to complete a Special Event Permit application. The fee will be waived but you will need to provide a traffic map, signatures of all those affected, and you will be responsible to providing the traffic control devices (barricades, cones, etc.)

For small neighborhood grants and other information please refer to Neighborhood Services Web Page.

Can I have alcohol at my event?

Depending on where your event is taking place, it may require different permitting through the City's Liquor Licensing Authority. It is prohibited by City Code to possess or consume any alcoholic beverage, open or unopened, in a City Park or Trail except where allowed by a special event permit issued by the City's Liquor Licensing Authority.

NOTE: by City policy such permits are issued only for Civic Center park, Oak Street Plaza park or Legacy park.

Will I need insurance?

Any person holding a commercial event, or having a jumping castle or other apparatus at a Park, must contact Risk Management to inquire whether additional insurance is required, 970-221-6807. If it is required, an insurance policy listing the City of Fort Collins as "additionally insured" is required 15 business days prior to the first day of the reservation.

Can I have a band at my event?

Compliance with the City's Noise Ordinance as required by City Code is expected from any event utilizing amplified sound. A variance must be requested by contacting the Code Compliance Office at 970-224-6046.

During the event, Code Compliance Officers must be allowed access within the event for purposes of monitoring the sound levels. For large events requiring, at the City's discretion, the need for Code Compliance Officer(s) to monitor the sound levels, there will be a fee to cover the cost, to be paid to Code Compliance.

I want to have an Event that will include road closures

All road closures require a Special Event Permit from Police Services. Applicant will be required to provide a traffic route map and signatures of affected residents or businesses. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide traffic control devices.

Is it possible to have bingo or a raffle at my event?

Many nonprofit organizations use bingo and raffles as a tool for fundraising for their organizations. Licenses and requirements are available in the bingo and raffle section of the Secretary of State's Office. You may consult their website or call to request a license application packet. 

Contact: Secretary of State, 303-894-2200.

Can we have a bonfire or fireworks at my event?

Any recreational fire needs to be approved by the Poudre Fire Authority. A request for a bonfire or the use of fireworks can be made at under the permits tab.

What are the rules for having a tent at my event?

Any tent or air supported membrane structure greater than 400 square feet requires a tent permit. Any canopy over 800 square feet also requires this permit. The application for a tent permit can be found at