Flag dance on street

Organize an event on a street, sidewalk, or plaza

What you need to know

Our events team works to make sure that you and the surrounding community are set up for success. Our priority is to keep events safe, fun, and memorable.  

Types of special events

Low complexity event

  • No street closures
  • Event is at a neighbourhood plaza or plaza or public space
  • No liquor or food service (except prepackaged food)
  • No large structures such as tents or stages over 4 feet or more than 645 square feet
  • Roads already closed to vehicular traffic

Apply for a low complexity event permit

Medium complexity event

  • May include a street closure of more than 1 block
  • Experiential marketing activity
  • Private events
  • Parking for permitted park events (Apply for an event in a park)
  • May include liquor and/or food service, on-site prep, and sales
  • Use of fire or propane

Review steps to getting a special event permit

Apply for a medium complexity event permit (tutorials available)

High complexity event

  • Multiple road closures (more than 1 block or a route-based event)
  • May include large structures, stages, or tents
  • May include liquor and/or food service, on-site prep, and sales
  • Use of fire or propane

Review steps to getting a special event permit

Apply for a high complexity event permit (tutorials available)

Non-applicable event activity:

Steps to getting a special event permit

Before you begin: