Frequently Asked Questions#
The requirements for a permit will vary, based upon the activities you are planning and number of people you expect. It could be a simple Drop-In User Permit up to a large Event Permit. For further information, please refer to the Parks web page.
If you want to close a residential street for your party you will need to complete a Block Party Permit application. The fee will be waived but you will need to provide a traffic plan and a site map (see example), notify and get approval signatures of all those affected by the street closure, and you are responsible for obtaining traffic control devices.
*Residential streets next to connector or arterial streets will require, at your expense, professional traffic control devises (not provided in block party trailer): such as type 3 barricades, road closed signs, no turn signs, etc... .
Neighborhood Services offers small grants to help offset the cost of hosting neighborhood events. For information on these grants, and block parties not closing streets, please refer to the Neighborhood Services Web Page.
Depending on where your event is taking place, it may require additional 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. The only parks allowing Special Event Liquor Permits are Civic Center Park, Washington Park, Oak Street Plaze Park or Legacy Park.
Events held at other locations within the City may apply for a license to serve alcohol at their event. Please note that only 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations may apply for, and be granted a Special Event Liquor Permit. Visit the City's Liquor Licensing Authorit web page for more information.
If your event is a rules-of-the-road run, walk, parade, participants must obey all traffic laws and yield to traffic if encountered. See Rules-of-the-road traffic plan submission example: Rules-of-the-road traffic plan submission example
In comparison, in a competitive timed race, the traffic control and safety plans are put in place to stop traffic and allow runners to not be impacted by traffic. See competitive race traffic plan submission example: Competitive race traffic plan submission example
In both cases, a detailed route map needs to be included in the application to show directions of travel, whether participants will be using traffic lane, sidewalk, bike lane, proposed staffing at crossing points, demonstrate physical separation of participants from vehicular traffic using cones or barricades (putting runners in one lane and traffic in the adjacent lane is highly inadvisable). The Traffic Control Plan (TCP) or Method of Handling Traffic (MHT) will need to show steps to anticipate and mitigate intentional and unintentional vehicle intrusion.
Most large events, races and events involving animals, the serving/selling of alcohol or ride and attractions (including bouncy houses) will be required to provide proof of liability insurance coverage. The City's Safety and Risk Management Department may require that an insurance certificate list the City of Fort Collins as "additionally insured."
For more information on insurance requirements for events, go to https://www.fcgov.com/specialevents/pdf/riskmgmtevtsrequiringins.pdf
Compliance with the City's Noise Ordinance as required by City Code is expected from any event utilizing amplified sound. The Ordinance outlines the hours of acceptable sound levels in different areas throughout the city. If you're having amplified sound at your event, 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.
Any event interfering with vehicular or pedestrian traffic on City streets of right-of-ways requires a Special Event Permit from the City of Fort Collins Special Events Team. You will need to provide a site map of your event, a traffic control plan, notify and get approval signatures of all residents and businesses affected by the closure(s), and you will be responsible for obtaining traffic control devices (barricades, cones, signage, etc.) from a traffic control company at your expense.
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.
Any recreational fire or use of pyrotechnices needs to be approved by the Poudre Fire Authority. A request for a bonfire or the use of fireworks can be made by contacting the Poudre Fire Authority, (970)416-2874.
Any tent or air supported membrane structure greater than 400 square feet (20’ x 20’) requires a tent permit. Any canopy over 800 square feet also requires this permit. The application for a tent permit can be found at https://www.poudre-fire.org/business/tent-permit-application or contact Poudre Fire Authority, Michal Jaques, Assistant Fire Marshal, (970) 416-2863 or email@example.com
That depends on the location(s) and size of your event. Listed below are some of the current fees and damage deposits you might incur for your event. These fees are subject to change.
Special Event Permit Application Fee – Police Services $50
Large Event Permit Application Fees – Parks
Under 250 participants $100
250 to 2,500 participants $200
Over 2,500 participants $550
Large Event Permit Application Fees – Trails $250
Refundable damage deposit for most parks $250
Refundable damage deposit for trails $250
Refundable damage deposit for Civic Center/Washington Park or events with alcohol
Fewer than 500 participants $500
500 to 1,499 participants $1,500
1,500 to 2,499 participants $2,500
Over 2,500 participants $5,000
Noise Variance Permit Application – Code Compliance $25
Special Event Liquor Permit – Liquor Licensing Authority $50/day
Depending on the complexity of your event, you may incur charges for other necessary licenses or permits. If your event is large and is required to have Public Safety personnel (Police, Fire, EMS) on site at the event, you will be responsible for the costs of those personnel, as well. A complete list of your fees and expenses will be provided to you during the permitting process.
Go to the Event Planning Guide on this site for more detailed information. If you still don’t find what you need there, contact the Special Events Lead Specialist, Elodie Vigneron, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 416-2303.