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. 

We would like to remind you of the upcoming Monumental  Marathon on Saturday, November 1, 2014.  Several roads will be impacted. For more information, click here

When a Special Event Permit is 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

Gaming Office (for raffles and bingo)

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.

Tent, Canopy, and Membrane Structure Pilot Program
Tent Notification form
Tent Permit Application


Upcoming Civic Sponsored Events 

2014 Circle of Lights - 11.28.2014
2014 Circle of Lights Information Sheet
2014 Circle of Lights Clean Zone Map

2014 Big Ten Football - 12.6.2014


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:


For contact information for local companies that provide services related to special events, please click here

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

  • Cost is $21 per meter per day
  • Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday, 7am - 9pm

Zone 2

  • Cost is $16 per meter per day
  • Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday, 7am - 9pm

Zone 3

  • Cost is $16 per day
  • 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