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Special Events Permit

WHAT IS A SPECIAL EVENT AND WHEN DO I NEED A SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT?

A special event is an activity taking place on all or any portion of a public facility, park, public street, sidewalk, or alley by an organized gathering of more than 100 people, OR if your activity meets one or more of the following conditions:

  • Anticipated attendance is 100 or greater;
  • Event is open to the public;
  • Alcohol consumption/sales;
  • Amplified sound (excluding announcements and boom boxes);
  • Traffic impedance; and/or,
  • Tents.

If you are planning a street closure intended for residents only, not open to the general public such as a block party, you should complete a Traffic Impedance Application.

SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT APPLICATION

If your planned activity meets the special event definition, you must submit a completed Special Event Permit Application at least 30 days prior to the event. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and will delay processing.  

Upon receiving your completed Special Event Permit Application, a representative from the County’s Community Development Department will contact you and serve as your primary point of contact during the processing of your application. The County representative will review your application, determine whether the County’s Internal Review Committee will need to review your event, set your permit requirements, and finalize your fees. Your representative will also serve as the liaison between the event organizer and the various County departments. Once the permit requirements are met and the fees are paid, you will be issued a Special Event Permit.

NEED ASSISTANCE OR HAVE QUESTIONS?

We are happy to assist you. Please contact us via email at [email protected] or by phone at Los Alamos Community Development 505-662-8120

This permit governs the requirements and regulations that must be followed while holding a special event and grants temporary zoning approval for incidental or infrequent uses and events. Some events are but not limited to, circuses, fairs, carnivals, festivals, and outdoor sales, that are commonly associated with a business or club which includes but is not limited to civic, fraternal, charitable, religious, social, and patriotic organizations.

This permit also applies to those wanting to hold parades, motorcycle/automobile runs, marathons, promotional demonstrations, and charitable/nonprofit events that use public land.