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Special Events Permits

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 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

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

2014 Circle of Lights - 11.28.2014

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