Special Event Planning Guide
Determine if your event needs a permit, and if so, what type. Required permits are identified on the application form. Determine when and where your event will be held, along with how many people will attend. If you’re not sure where you would like to hold your event, we would be happy to help you determine a safe route or event venue.
Verify that you will not miss the deadline. Missing the application deadline is the number one reason why an application is denied. Also, be sure to verify the application fee for your event. The fee associated with your event is automatically calculated by the application based on the questions you answer. This fee ranges from $25.00 to $100.00 and is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Apply! We have developed a simple online application process! Before submitting your application, ensure all requested documents are attached. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Be sure to complete all associated permits request-ed within the Special Event application.
If you would like to submit the application in person, fill out the application, print and bring all requested documents along with payment to the City Manager’s Office located in City Hall; 701 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201; Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m. NOTE: The office is closed from Noon - 1:00.
Within 3-5 business days, you will receive confirmation of receipt of your materials by email or phone. This confirmation is not a guarantee of permit issuance, nor is it a guarantee of your desired date and/or location. This is simply a confirmation that we have your materials on file and are actively processing your permit. At this time, you will also hear about any conflicts with your route, date, or location for the proposed event. An event manager will contact you to address these issues and work with you to create the best and safest event for all involved parties.