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The City of El Paso welcomes the opportunity to host and facilitate events on City right-of-way. Located in the One-Stop Shop, City Special Events coordinates the permitting process to host events on City streets. Below is an overview of the different permits available. Further information regarding the process and requirements for each permit can be found in the application packets.

The newly created Special Event Permit combines all City permits needed for any special event on City right-of-way, to include Parades, Temporary Events, Special Privileges, Amplification, Traffic Control and other building and business permits. You will continue to need to obtain all Health/Food and Park permits individually. Details will be provided when the Special Event Permit is submitted.

The Special Event Permit Application will now be used for all event types: Parades, Temporary Events and Special Privileges. A checklist for each individual permit type has been created as a guide. As the permit combines multiple disciplines from various departments, adjustments and updates will be made to the application, requirements and policies as further implementation continues. Always check this website for the latest information and application before applying.

PARADES

A Parade Permit is required for any procession, athletic event, march, demonstration, pageant, race/walk or other similar event taking place on City right-of-way (street, alley or sidewalk).

REQUIREMENTS: Processing takes a minimum of two weeks unless a LATE application is submitted.

  • COMPLETE APPLICATION - All complete applications must be submitted a minimum of 7 days in advance of the event. Applications submitted less than 30 days in advance will be assessed a late fee. Applications cannot be accepted less than 7 days before the event.
  • ROUTE DESCRIPTION - Application must include a written turn-by-turn description of the route.
  • ROUTE MAP - Application must include a clear copy of a map outlining the proposed route.

Please see Parade Application Checklist for information on other rules and requirements that may apply to your event.

FEES: Application and late fees are non-refundable.

  • Application Fee: $65.60
  • Late Fee: $65.60
  • Additional Fees: Applicant is responsible for paying all costs associated with services performed by the City, including Police and Cleaning Services. Please see the Checklist.

TEMPORARY EVENTS

A Temporary Event License is required for any block party, bazaar, carnival, street display, street dance, street festival, special event, athletic event or any similar event that meets ALL of the following:

  1. Lasts 24 hours or less.
  2. Takes place on City right-of-way (street, alley or sidewalk).
  3. Does NOT exceed one city block or intersection.
  4. Proposed closure is in a residentially zoned area.
  5. Closure request is made by residents or property owners adjacent to the proposed closure OR by a neighborhood association.

REQUIREMENTS: Processing takes a minimum of two weeks unless a LATE application is submitted.

  • COMPLETE APPLICATION – All complete applications must be submitted a minimum of 14 days in advance of the event. All applications submitted less than 30 days in advance will be assessed a late fee.
  • SIGNATURES – You must collect the signatures of all property owners or residents adjacent to the proposed closure. If there are multiple residents in a single building, you may elect to collect either one signature from the PROPERTY OWNER or one signature from EACH RESIDENT OR TENANT. Form is included in the application packet.
  • TRAFFIC CONTROL APPLICATION – A complete traffic control application must be submitted with the temporary event application. A traffic control plan demonstrating all traffic re-routing and appropriate barricades & signs must be included. Standard templates are available in the application packet. If the templates do not fit the closure, you must contract a traffic control company to draft a traffic control plan for you.

Please see Temporary Event Application Checklist for information on other rules and requirements that may apply to your event.

FEES: Application and late fees are non-refundable.

  • Application Fee: $65.60
  • Late Fee: $65.60
  • Additional Fees: Applicant is responsible for paying all costs associated with all services performed by the City, including Police and Cleaning Services. Please see Additional Considerations below.

SPECIAL PRIVILEGE

A Special Privilege License is required for any block party, bazaar, carnival, street display, street dance, street festival, special event, athletic event or any similar event that takes place on a City street, alley or sidewalk and meets ANY of the following:

  1. Lasts more than 24 hours.
  2. Exceeds one city block or intersection.
  3. Proposed closure is not in a residentially zoned area.

REQUIREMENTS: Processing takes a minimum of 30 days.

  • COMPLETE APPLICATION – All complete applications must be submitted a minimum of 30 days in advance of the event. Applications cannot be accepted less than 30 days before the event.
  • SIGNATURES – You must collect the signatures of all property owners or residents adjacent to the proposed closure. If there are multiple residents in a single building, you may elect to collect either one signature from the PROPERTY OWNER or one signature from EACH RESIDENT OR TENANT.
  • TRAFFIC CONTROL APPLICATION – A complete traffic control application must be submitted with the application (form is included in the application packet). A traffic control plan demonstrating all traffic re-routing and appropriate barricades & signs must be included. Standard templates are available in the application packet. If the templates do not fit the closure, you must contract a traffic control company to draft a traffic control plan for you.
  • INSURANCE – Insurance is required for all Special Privilege applications. The Certificate of Insurance must be included with the application upon submission. The City of El Paso must be listed as a Named Insured on the certificate. Please see Insurance Requirements on the right for more information.
  • TEMPORARY STRUCTURES - If you plan on having booths, tents, stages or any other temporary structures, the application must include a drawing of the structures indicating all dimensions and material makeup.
  • EMERGENCY ACCESS – At least one lane (20 feet) of the street to be utilized must be capable of being opened at all times for access by persons requiring emergency access to properties by police, fire and other emergency vehicles.
  • SITE PLAN – A map must be submitted illustrating the footprint of the event. It must include the locations of all temporary structures, portable restrooms, dumpsters, trash cans, public assembly areas, parking and emergency access points.
  • VENDORS – All food and non-food vendors will need to obtain appropriate licensing. Food vendors will be scheduled to come in all at once, on the same day, to obtain all licensing. Please have the number of vendors available upon submission of the application.

Please see Special Privilege Application Checklist for information on other rules and requirements that may apply to your event.

FEES: Application fee is non-refundable.

  • Application Fee: $373.00
  • Closure Fee: $55.00 per 12 hour period for residential zones, $106 per 12 hour period for commercial/manufacturing zones.
  • Additional Permits: Depending on the specifics of your event, additional permits from Fire, Health, Building & Inspections and other departments and agencies may be required that also require additional fees. An evaluation of these permits will be provided at the time of application submission and during application processing.
  • Additional Fees: Applicant is responsible for paying all costs associated with all services performed by the City, including Police and Cleaning Services. Please see Additional Considerations.

DOWNTOWN SPECIAL PRIVILEGE

If your event takes place in the El Paso Downtown Plan Area and does NOT qualify as a Parade, you will need to obtain a Special Privilege License from the Downtown Management District. To determine if your event is part of the El Paso Downtown Plan, please see the map on the right. Please contact the DMD at (915) 400-2294 or visit their website.

City of El Paso Special Events
811 Texas Avenue
El Paso, TX 79901-1503
(915) 212-1506 [phone]
(915) 247-2025 [fax]
SpecialEvents@elpasotexas.gov
www.epspecialevents.com

 

PARADE EVENT SUPPORT PROGRAM

Apply for financial support from The City of El Paso for a parade or public assembly event. Click here for more information.