Special Event Planning Guide
Special Events begin with an idea and end with something great for our community. The City of Columbia encourages individuals and groups to organize events, and to be aware of the steps they need to take to ensure they are safe and adhere to all laws, regulations and codes.
No two community events are the same. The one step that is consistent for everyone, though, is advance planning and knowledge of the City’s Special Event Application process that includes the payment of fees for licenses and permits.
No matter what your event is — a parade, concert, run/walk/marathon, circus, etc. — if it’s held in a public space (City facilities, plazas and City streets, sidewalks, or alleys), you must take the proper steps for planning your event.
Don’t miss the application deadline
Timing is everything when organizing an event. Involve the City in your planning as soon as possible by submitting you Event Application or attending an Event Committee meeting at least 90 days prior to the first
event date. Communicate your expectations clearly to us:
The greatest advantage to the City’s new streamlined application process is that you have one point of contact from start to finish. What you have to keep in mind, though, is that the City Manager’s Office coordinates with many other City Departments to respond to your application. Organizers that submit their application less than 90 days prior to the event date will not be accepted. Application approvals will take no longer than 45 days.