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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

July 26, 2021: The City special event permitting offices are currently accepting applications. Application review times for complex events may be longer than normal as a high number of applications are being received. Review timelines and other important information through our Special Event Permitting Handbook (4 MB) before applying.

To help support the return of special events, the $100 application fee is being temporarily waived for applications that only require the use of a street or sidewalk. 

Review Provincial information on remaining COVID-19 restrictions for events:

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:

Contacts and resources