Planning & Inspections

About Special Events

The City of El Paso welcomes the opportunity to host and facilitate events on both City right-of-way and private property. Housed within the Planning and Inspections department, City Special Events coordinates the permitting process for events held on City streets as well as private property.

The Event Permit Application is used for the following events: Parades, Temporary Events and Special Events. You will need to obtain all Health/Food, Park and Private Property permits separately.

To ensure your event is permitted in a timely manner and to avoid late fees, we highly encourage you to submit your application as early as 1 year to 30 days prior to your event date.


Downtown Special Events

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 Downtown Plan Map. Please contact DMD at (915) 400-2294 or visit their website.

For applicants seeking to close a street for longer than four hours on a roadway managed by the Texas Department of Transportation, please ensure that the application is submitted at least 90 days prior to the scheduled closure for processing.