The City of Vancouver is proud to host a variety of community and neighborhood events, festivals and races on an annual basis. To promote the success of special events, ensure the safety of event participants and spectators, and minimize public inconvenience caused by the event, a Special Event Permit is required for events that exceed 100 participants.
The Vancouver Special Events Office processes applications for review by the Special Events Committee and the City’s Special Event Manager serves as your primary contact with the Vancouver Special Events Committee.
Within this site are guidelines and requirements, event calendars, and contact information.
There is a processing fee of $60.
If your event has any of the following activities you will most likely need a special event permit.
Special Events with 100 or more participants require a permit issued by the City. Additional documents which may also be required:
A Special Event Permit is NOT required for expressive activities, the purpose of which is to exercise the right of free speech; HOWEVER, the City asks that organizers of such activities notify the City of their plans so that the City can adequately prepare for any public heath and safety concerns, as well as attempt to prevent conflicts of use of public spaces associated with the activity.