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Special Events Permits

The Special Events division of the Department of Business and Neighborhood Sevices assists event organizers as they plan for outdoor and/or public events.

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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

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

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 Business and Neighborhood Services has the ability to permit the following eight (8) types of activity with certain restrictions:

Tents and Temporary Structures

The Department of Business and Neighborhood Services issues structural permits and limited duration licenses for many temporary tents, canopies and membrane structures.

Upcoming Civic Sponsored Events   

2018 Big Ten Women's Basketball


2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade


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.

Meters -

Zones 1 and 4

  • Cost is $25 per meter per day
  • Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday, 7am - 9pm

Zone 2

  • Cost is $20 per meter per day
  • Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday, 7am - 9pm

Zone 3

  • Cost is $20 per day
  • Hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 7am - 6pm.

Depending on the event, additional costs may need to be included in an event budget:

  • Police Officers/Security
  • Port-o-Lets
  • Trash Removal
  • On-site Medical Services