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The City of El Paso welcomes the opportunity to host and facilitate events on the 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 Special Events Permit Manual.


The Event Permit Application is used for all event types: Parades, Temporary Events and Special Events. You will continue to need to obtain all Health/Food and Park permits individually.

IMPORTANT: Processing takes a minimum of four weeks. To ensure your event is permitted on time, we encourage application submittal at least 45 days in advance of the event day. Late applications will not be accepted.

 

Event Types

Parade

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

Requirements:

  • Complete Application - All complete applications must be submitted a minimum of 30 days in advance of 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.
  • Authorization Letters - If the event footprint includes private property, a letter of authorization from the property owner is required.
Parade Permit Fees:

  • Application Fee: $66.00 (application fee is non-refundable)
  • 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

A temporary event permit 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 residential zone.
  5. Closure request is made by residents or property owners adjacent to the proposed closure OR by a neighborhood association.

Requirements:

  • Complete Application - All complete applications must be submitted a minimum of 30 days in advance of the event.
  • Notice of Proposed Closure - 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 Plan - A traffic control plan must be submitted with the temporary event application, demonstrating all traffic re-routing and appropriate barricades & signs must be included. You must contract a traffic control company to draft a traffic control plan for you. 
  • Site-plan - A diagram that illustrates the arrangement of signage and devices used to  manage traffic at your worksite/event.
  • Alcohol - If having alcohol at the event, include the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) Temporary Event Permit. 
  • Authorization Letters - If the event footprint includes private property, a letter of authorization from the property owner is required. 

Temporary Event Permit Fees:

  • Application Fee: $66.00 (application fee is non-refundable)
  • 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.

Special

A special event permit 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 residential zone.
Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Notice of Proposed Closure - 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. Depending on the size of your event, a Notice of Proposed Closure Mail Out must be performed and is required to be sent to neighbors, tenants, and property owners on the event footprint radio.
  • Notice of Proposed Closure Mail Out Affidavit must be signed by the event applicant before sending the Mail Out.
  • Traffic Control Plan - A traffic control plan must be submitted with the application, demonstrating all traffic re-routing and appropriate barricades & signs must be included. ou must contract a traffic control company to draft a traffic control plan for you.
  • 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.
  • Alcohol - If having alcohol at the event, include the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) Temporary Event Permit. 
  • Authorization Letters - If the event footprint includes private property, a letter of authorization from the property owner is required.
  • Insurance - Insurance is required for all Special Event applications. The certificate of insurance must be included with the application upon submission. The City of El Paso must be listed as an Additional Insured and as the Certificate Holder on the certificate. If having alcohol during the event, the certificate must include liquor liability.

Special Event Permit Fees:

  • Application Fee: $373.00 (application fee is non-refundable)
  • Closure Fee: $53.00 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

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 event permit 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 DMD at (915) 400-2294 or visit their website.

Don't forget to check out our Special Events Calendar for upcoming event road closures.

Moving Event Sponsorship Program

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

Contact Us

City of El Paso Special Events
811 Texas Ave.
El Paso, TX 79901-1503
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Phone: (915) 212-1506
Email: SpecialEvents@elpasotexas.gov