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 and estimated attendance. If you’re not sure where to hold your event, we would be happy to help you determine an event venue or safe route.
Missing the application deadline is the number one reason why an application is denied. Be sure to verify this! Also, verify the application fee - this is automatically calculated by the application based on the questions you answer. Fees range from $25.00 to $100.00 and are 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 requested 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 Convention & Visitors Bureau, 300 S. Providence Road (corner of Elm Street), Columbia, MO 65203; Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm.
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.