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Special Event Permit

Where to Begin Your Special Event Planning

Whether you’re planning a parade, a festival, a 5K run or just a neighborhood block party, the City of Golden would like to help you make your event possible.

Some events need a permit. For example, if you are requesting a street closure, or planning to serve or sell alcohol, you must have a permit. Other events can make use of a pavilion rental in one of Golden’s parks, or just show up in a park and have fun.

The best place to start planning your event and the Special Event Application process is by downloading the Special Events Guide. Here you will find the answers to all your questions related to hosting a special event in Golden.

Do I Need a Permit for My Event?

Answering a few simple questions will help you determine if you need to apply for a Special Event Permit:

  • Is the anticipated attendance 50 or more?
  • Will you be serving or selling alcohol?
  • Will you be using amplified sound, other than for announcements or a simple ‘boom box’?
  • Will you have vendors at the event who are selling goods or services, like a yoga class?
  • Will you be using any temporary structures, like tents, bleachers, a stage, or inflatables?
  • Will your event close or change the traffic pattern of a street or alley?
  • Will your event impact the public use of a park or natural resource?

If you answer “YES” to any of these questions, you will most likely need to apply for and obtain a Special Event Permit.

How to Apply for a Permit

Please read the Special Events Guide before beginning your application.

New Events

If you are planning a new event--one that has not been previously been issued a Special Event Permit--you first need to go through the Special Event Review Committee for approval.

Begin this process by completing and submitting the New Event Packet.

These forms can be submitted up to one year in before your event.

Recurring Events

If you have previously been issued a Special Events Permit, you may skip the approval process and fill out the Special Events Application.


Events in Golden are assigned a Tier Classification based on many factors, including:

  • Expected attendance
  • Duration of alcohol service
  • Impacts to the community

Fees will depend on the Tier Classification of your event, as well as where and when you are holding it.

Events will also pay a Damage Deposit related to their tier classification.

Please refer to the Special Events Guide for fees related to your event.


Your completed special event application, including all fees, must be submitted no later than 60 days before your event.  New events will need additional time to go through the Special Event Review Committee, so please plan accordingly.

Questions? Contact the Office of Special Events at or Diane Tiberi at 303-277-8728.

Special Event Alcohol Application

Planning to enhance your special event in Golden with the sale, service, or distribution of alcoholic beverages? Here’s what you need to know:

  • Qualifying Organizations:  Only applicants representing organizations that meet the criteria set forth in 44-5-102 C.R.S. (Colorado Revised Statutes) are eligible. Make sure your organization qualifies before applying.
  • Understanding Regulations:  Familiarize yourself with the specific rules and regulations governing alcohol sales and service at events. It’s crucial for the applicant to thoroughly understand these guidelines to ensure compliance. Should you have any doubts or require clarification, consulting with legal counsel is advised.
  • Application Submission:  Your complete application, along with the necessary payment, must be submitted directly to the City of Golden at least 30 days before your event date. To streamline your application process, refer to the checklist provided on Page 2 of the Special Event Liquor Permit Application.

Forms & Information

Pavilion & GCC Room Rentals

Pavilion and Golden Community Center room rentals are managed through the Parks and Recreation Department, not through Special Events.

GCC Room Rentals Park Pavilion Rentals

Sustainable Events

The City of Golden is striving to make its special events as sustainable as possible and to reduce solid waste by 80% by 2030. We need your help as an organizer to help us make that happen.

Events, just by their nature, produce an excessive amount of waste--half of which is from food service ware. Fortunately, Golden has an extensive supply of resources to help you make your event more sustainable.

The City of Golden has created a Sustainable Event Regulations Guide to assist organizers in producing sustainable events at the City of Golden properties. The goal is to achieve lower energy use and higher waste diversion to lessen the environmental impact of events and to educate organizers, vendors, and attendees about sustainable practices. Please check out this valuable resource to assist you in helping Golden meet its sustainable event goals.

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