Understand Event Classifications
Special Events are classified in large measure by their potential for impacts on the community. The application and review requirements for events change, depending upon the classification of the event.


These changes include, but may not be limited to:
  • Deadlines for application submission
  • Process for application review
  • Documentation requirements
  • Potentially, other requirements (such as insurance, bonding and inspection requirements)


Event Classifications:

You can learn more about each of the event classifications and their classification triggers by following the links below:
  1. Major Events - tend to have several thousand participants, span multiple days, or have a significant impact on essential public services such as transportation, police, and emergency services.
  2. Moderate Events - tend to have more than a 1000 attendees, use public property, close streets, serve alcohol, or impact transportation and parking.
  3. Minor Events - tend to be smaller in size but still impact major public services by closing a street, diverting traffic, or involves the use of private property requiring land use approval.
  4. Administrative Approvals - Small event that doesn't meet any of the triggers for a Minor, Moderate, or Major Event. These tend to occur over a single day and don't impact public services.


The City will classify events based upon the presence of certain triggers, and they will always be placed according to the highest level of trigger present. For instance, if even one of the triggers for a Major Event is present, the event will be classified as a Major Event.


Renewal Option for Event Permits:

Under certain circumstances, applicants for events recurring over multiple years may be able to expedite the review process by using the Renewal Option.

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