If you are planning on using a public place for the purpose of: conducting a special event (wedding, festival, concert, parade, bike race, car show, etc.), organizing a block party, or to sell or serve alcohol on public property, you must obtain a special permit to do so.
Block Party Permit:
A block party is a street closure to facilitate neighbors on a specific block getting together to build a sense of community. Block parties are typically held on neighborhood streets and are not allowed on collector or arterial roadways.
In addition to this Application for a Block Party permit, you may want to visit the Community & Neighborhood Resources page for additional information on how to get funding assistance for your event.
Use of Public Places for a Special Event Permit:Special Event means any of the following activities conducted on public property:
- A temporary event or promotion, including a block party, that uses a barricade, booth, table, rack, structure or cart or other display equipment
- An event at a city park to which the public is invited or admission is charged
- An occasion in which a group of persons collectively engage in a sport or form of physical exercise which obstructs, delays or interferes with the normal flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic and controls, including, but not limited to, bicycle and foot races
- Any event utilizing amplified sound due to its potential for impact on the surrounding neighbors
- Any event selling or serving alcohol on public property*
Please submit your complete Application for a Use of Public Places for a Special Event at least 45 days prior to your event. For questions regarding the application, the process, or for any other questions related to special events, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (303) 651-8649.
*Please contact the City Clerk's Office for help determining if your event will require you to also have the Liquor Special Event Permit (below).
Liquor Special Event Permit:
Liquor Special Event Permits allow qualified non-profit entities or political candidates to sell, serve, or distribute alcohol beverages for on-premise consumption only in connection with fund raising events. Applicants must demonstrate possession of the premises at which the event will be held. If the event will be held on public property (i.e. in a City park), a Use of Public Places for Special Event permit (see above) must be obtained in addition to reserving the park through Recreation Services. Sandwiches or snack foods must be made available during all hours of liquor service.
A special event permit may be issued to an organization which:
- has been incorporated under the laws of this state for purposes of social, fraternal, patriotic, political, or athletic nature, and not for pecuniary gain, or
- is a regularly chartered branch, lodge, or chapter of a national organization or society organized for such purposes and being nonprofit in nature, or
- is a regularly established religious or philanthropic institution, or
- to any political candidate who has filed the necessary reports and statements with the secretary of state pursuant to article 45 of title 1, C.R.S.
The special event permit holder may obtain a maximum of fifteen (15) Special Events Permits per calendar year. Each permit is valid for one day only. An event lasting between one and five days may be applied for on one application but each day counts toward the maximum of fifteen total days per year. The Local Licensing Authority does not permit that different single day events be applied for on a single application form as each event is unique and must be addressed individually.
Helpful tips and reminders
What to know before submitting an application for a Liquor Special Event Permit:
- Please submit your complete Application for a Liquor Special Event Permit 60 days prior to your event. You are welcome to submit it even earlier if you like.
- For questions about this application or the process, please contact the secretary to the Local Licensing Authority, the Deputy City Clerk, at 350 Kimbark St. or (303) 651-8647.
- The Deputy City Clerk may not provide you legal advice regarding your application.
- A representative of the organization is required to attend the hearing when scheduled in order to respond to any questions the Authority may have regarding the event, the layout, and liquor service management and logistics. The Deputy City Clerk will notify the applicant of the hearing date once it is scheduled.
- The Local Licensing Authority meetings are at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom A of the Safety & Justice Center, 225 Kimbark St., Longmont.
- If approved, the application will be forwarded to the State for processing. Once the State has reviewed and approved the application, the Special Event Permit will be sent to the Deputy City Clerk who will issue the permit to the organization.