Special Events Permit
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The Special Events division of the Department of Code Enforcement assists event organizers as they plan for outdoor and/or public events. 

Click here to fill out the City of Indianapolis Special Event Application

Click here for a list of current and upcoming Special Events 

When is a Special Event Permit Required?
A special event permit is required when holding an organized activity involving the use of, or having an impact on city-owned property or the temporary use of private property:
  • Closing of a street
  • Blocking or restriction of public property
  • Sale of merchandise, food or beverages
  • Set up of temporary structures (I.e. stage, tent)
  • Use of private property where anticipated attendance is over 250 

Special Event Fees

Click here to learn more about the permit process.

Click here to view Chapter 986 of Revised Code (Special Events)
Other Permits that may be Required:
Temporary Alcohol                                                          Gaming Office (for raffles and bingo)
Temporary Food                                                              Entertainment    
Fireworks                                                                          Use of Canal
Use of Park Property                                                      State of Indiana- Amusement & Entertainment Permit    
Tents and Temporary Structures:
The Department of Code Enforcement (DCE) issues structural permits and limited duration licenses for many temporary tents, canopies and membrane structures.
Upcoming Civic Sponsored Events 

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2014 Circle of Lights Information Sheet

2014 Circle of Lights Clean Zone Map


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Limited Duration Licenses
Generally, without the designation of a special event, the activities listed below would be prohibited or severely restricted in some manner. During a special event, however, the Department of Code Enforcement has the ability to permit the following eight (8) types of activity with certain restrictions:
Comprehensive Guide to Civic Sponsored Events and LDLs
Civic Sponsored Events - Temporary Structures
Civic Sponsored Events - Signs
Click here for contact information for local companies that provide services related to special events
Special Event Permit Fees:
If your event anticipates 250-2,500 participants, the fee is $75.00
If your event anticipates over 2,500 participants, the fee is $268.00. 
If an event requires a fire inspection, or fire services, there may be $100 fee added.
Zones 1 and 4 are $21 per meter per day.  The hours of operation are Monday - Saturday, 7am - 9pm. 
Zone 2 is $16 per meter per day. The hours of operation are Monday - Saturday, 7am - 9pm.   
Zone 3 is $16 per day. The hours of operation are Monday  -  Friday,  7am - 6pm. 
Depending on the event, additional costs to may need to be included in an event budget:
  • Police Officers/Security
  • Port-o-Lets
  • Trash Removal
  • On-site Medical Services