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Planning A Special Event in Golden

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.  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 relating 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?
  • Will you have vendors at the event who are selling goods or services?
  • 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.

Apply for a Special Event – Updated January 2023


If you are planning a new event, one that has not been previously issued a Special Event Permit, then you will have to submit a New Event Application to the Special Events Review Committee.  A determination will be made if your event is one that will be added to the City of Golden event calendar. 

Begin this process by completing and submitting the New Event Packet, available for download below.

Apply for a NEW Event

These forms can be submitted up to one year in before your event.
Special event permit information
Information related to special events and the special event permit process, including fees, deadlines, requirements for submission, can be found in the Special Events Guide book available for download.  Questions? Contact the Office of Special Events at or Diane Tiberi at 303-277-8728.


If you are hosting an event on city property, such as a park, your special event alcohol license will be included in the permit process.  If you are hosting an event on private property, and will not be obtaining a Special Event Permit through the events office, you will apply directly to the City Clerk's office for your temporary event alcohol license.
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 Related to Event Liquor Permits 

SUSTAINABLE EVENTSThe 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 guide, Sustainable Event Regulations, 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.

PAVILION AND FACILITIES RENTALSPavilion and facilities rentals are managed through the Parks and Recreation Department, not through Special Events.

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