Special Events


Start here when planning a public event on public property in Denver.

Find everything you need to know to hold a public event on public property (i.e., parks, streets, sidewalks and alleys) in the City and County of Denver on this webpage and in the Special Event Planning Guide(PDF, 1MB) (Guía de planificación de actividades especiales(PDF, 1MB)).

Begin by reviewing the Do I Need an Office of Special Event Permit (OSEP)? Checklist(PDF, 152KB)  (¿Necesito yo un permiso de la Oficina de Eventos Especiales? lista de verificación(PDF, 151KB)) to see if you must submit an OSE application for your event. If so, begin an online application or contact our office for more information.

Begin or Update a Special Event Application

Insurance and Community Notification Requirements

Community Notifications

Event notifications are required and a critical step in managing a successful event. This is especially important as we work to boost community confidence in events during the (hopefully) last leg of the COVID pandemic. Thoughtful and thorough notifications can help reassure impacted communities that you are taking the necessary steps to create a safe and compliant event and can help educate attendees of their personal responsibilities to help safeguard other attendees, vendors and staff. 

Follow the steps below in preparing and distributing your notifications and contact Jill Lis at jill.lis@denvergov.org with any questions.

1. Create a notification flyer that includes:

“IMPORTANT INFORMATION! Upcoming Event in Your Neighborhood” text featured prominently at the top of the document

Event details (i.e., dates, times and location, set-up dates and times, road closures, parking restrictions/accommodations, site/route map, organizer contact email and phone number.

COVID information:

The XYZ Event prioritizes public health and will follow state and local guidelines in effect at the time of the event to ensure that the event is safe for staff, attendees and the surrounding community. We ask everyone staffing or attending the event to:

  • Stay home if you feel ill
  • Wear face coverings if you are not yet vaccinated
  • Practice physical distancing if you are not yet vaccinated
  • Wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer often at the stations provided


(DOCX, 50KB)Use the Word version of the SAMPLE NOTIFICATION to create your own(DOCX, 50KB).

2. Upload the pdf of the final notification flyer to Step 5 of your special event application 60 days before the event. Add notes about your notification plan and include distribution details. OSE staff will review and approve or provide feedback/suggested changes to incorporate before distributing.

3. Distribute the approved notification flyer by email to the following, 45 days (or asap) before the event and then again, one week before the event. Include a direct request that recipients share the information with their communities via newsletters, websites, social media, Next Door and word-of-mouth. Copy Jill Lis at jill.lis@denvergov.org on all notification emails.

  • City Council offices that represent the impacted district(s). Find the City Council district map and contact information at www.denvergov.org/citycouncil.
  • Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNO’s) AND Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) – lists and contact information can be found at www.denvergov.org/RNO. Some RNOs and BIDs are continuing to meet virtually at this time. As time and opportunities permit, offer to participate in these meetings to share event details, answer questions and address concerns.
  • Denver Police Department District(s) – find DPD district contact information at Denver Police Stations

4. If your event includes road closures and/or is expecting more than 3,000 attendees, hand-deliver notification flyers to impacted residences, businesses and community centers (e.g., churches, schools, etc.) extending one city block from all road closures and/or around your event perimeter. When possible, make a clear and direct request to businesses and apartment/condo complexes to post the flyers in common areas for their customers and residents to see.

Thank you for your careful attention to the event notification process.


Department-Specific Information

Denver Police Department - runs/walks, parades, off-duty officers

Denver Police Department Website

Denver Police Department, Special Events Unit Information

Special Events Unit
Parades, Runs, Races, Walks, Rides
Phone: 720-337-1030
Email: dpdspecialevents-dpd@denvergov.org

Office of Secondary Employment
Analisa Ortiz
Phone: 720-337-0775
Email: analisa.ortiz@denvergov.org


Development Services - stages, structures, electrical generators

Developmental Services Website

Electrical and Generators
Carol Pafford
Phone: 720-865-2827
Email: carol.pafford@denvergov.org

Stages and Building Department
Addison MacMahon or Keith Ostrander
Phone: 720-913-8432 or 720-913-1651
Email: addison.macmahon@denvergov.org, or Keith.ostrander@denvergov.org

Phone: 720-865-3000
Email: zoningreview@denvergov.org


Excise and License - retail food licenses, liquor licenses and security licenses

Excise and License Website

State of Colorado Links:

Special Events Liquor Permit information can be found here

Colorado's Special Event Permit Information can be found here 

Special Event Liquor Licenses
Phone: Dial 311 (or 720-913-1311 if outside Denver)
Email: 311@denvergov.org


Parks and Recreation - park permits

Transportation and Infrastructure - street, sidewalk and lane closures, parking meters

Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) Permits Website

Right-of-Way Requests
Phone: 720-913-0896
Email: transportationtmc@denvergov.org

Meter Requests *questions only*- all applications must be made online
Phone: 303-446-3759
Email: pwpermits@denvergov.org


IMPORTANT NOTE: Handbills are illegal in the City & County of Denver. Unauthorized posters, notices, ads or flyers may be removed. Follow all required regulations for banners or temporary signs; learn more at www.denvergov.org/pwpermits.




















Visit the State of Colorado website for event permit information for the Colorado State Capitol and Lincoln Veterans Memorial Park.