COVID-19 Information - Updated 1/4/2021
Special event and block party applications are now open. The State of Colorado has prohibited gatherings of 10 or more people. However, Larimer County is allowing up to 75 people at an event with an approved variance. Larimer County's webpage states that: Events may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit not to exceed 75 people excluding staff, whichever is less. 6 feet of distancing must be maintained.
If you are planning on having more than 10 people at your event, you can apply for a variance through the Larimer County Health Department here. An approved variance is required for events of more than 10 people. Applications will not be approved without a variance.
Block party trailer reservations are permanently closed until further notice.
The Special Events team will continue to re-evaluate guidelines based on current recommendations. We will work closely with the City’s Emergency Preparedness and Security Office, and the City Manager’s Office, to make coordinated decisions and provide updates as soon as possible.
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Fort Collins is a vibrant, active community and one of the most exciting places to live in the country! Our residents enjoy outdoor events, festivals and concerts all year long in our beautiful parks, neighborhood streets, and in our thriving downtown. Special events provide more than fun, they create opportunities for our community to connect, to celebrate our diverse heritage, and to express our creative energy.
The Special Event staff is here to help guide event producers through the permitting requirements and regulations to be considered when planning a special event in Fort Collins. We act as a liaison to the various City departments involved in making sure all events are held safely and responsibly. We also serve as a resource for the community, providing information about the many festivals, outdoor concerts, runs, walks and parades held in the City each year.
If you would like to produce a special event in Fort Collins, please start by taking a look at the Event Planning Guide and the Frequently Asked Questions pages. If you have questions, or if you want to start the Special Event Permit application process, please contact us. We're ready to help!
What is a Special Event?
Block party? Parade? Funeral? What exactly is and isn't considered a Special Event?
Learn what documents, agencies, or departments require approval of your event
Get answers to your questions or concerns
See what special events are being planned or have been approved
Submit and review your Special Event Permit application
Learn about the timelines for different permit requests
Demonstration Request Requirements
Any individual or advocacy group desiring to conduct a demonstration or other free speech activity in the City, including on private property where the activity impacts a public right-of-way or adjacent public property use, shall file this Demonstration Reservation Request.
On Jan. 16, City Council will consider adopting changes to the City Code regarding special events to be in alignment with current law and to more accurately reflect the City’s current processes and procedures. Draft language will be available online in mid-November.