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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

May 19, 2020: Since March 17 our event permitting offices have been operating under the orders and the protective measures that the Provincial Health Officer has put into place for large events and gatherings.

Event organizers have been ordered to limit all public gatherings larger than 50 people indefinitely, or until the Province updates the order. This includes indoor and outdoor sporting events, conferences, meetings, concerts, religious gatherings, or other similar events. Guidance is changing often. Please check the Province’s website for the latest information. Review the Provincial order on mass gathering events

Hosting special events during COVID-19? Review frequently asked questions  (134 KB)

The focus of event approvals is to make sure that events are safe, and don’t negatively affect the community. We want you to have a fun, safe, memorable event.

Looking to hold your event only in a park? Review the steps to holding an event in a park

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The length of time required for approval varies depending on the complexity of the event. 

  • Small to medium sized events with street closures or parking requirements should be applied for 2 to 5 months before the event date.
  • Larger and route based events (parades and runs) should be applied for 9 months before the event date.

Steps to getting a special event permit

Before you begin:

  • If your event will be contained entirely within a park, don't follow the steps below. Review the steps to holding an event in a park
  • If you event includes a street, sidewalk, or plaza PLUS a park. You only need to apply once. Please follow the steps below.  ( Both the City and the Park Board application fees will still apply.)

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