Special Events

  1. Special Event Permit Criteria
  2. FAQs

Special event means a temporary event or gathering using either private or public property, which may or may not be open to attendance or participation by the general public, which involves one or more of the following activities, except when the activity is for construction or house moving purposes only:

  1. Closing a public street;
  2. Blocking or restriction of public property and streets;
  3. Offer of merchandise, food, or beverages on public property, or on private property where otherwise prohibited by ordinance;
  4. Erection of a tent on public property, or on private property where otherwise prohibited by ordinance;
  5. Installation of a stage, band-shell, trailer, van, portable building, grandstand, or bleachers on public property, or on private property where otherwise prohibited by ordinance;
  6. Involving amplified sound;
  7. Placement of portable toilets on public, or on private property where otherwise prohibited by ordinance;
  8. Placement of temporary no-parking signs in a public right-of-way;
  9. Outdoor amusement(s).

Special Event Permit Application Process

Step 1: Secure Event Date(s)

A $50 refundable deposit is required to secure event dates in City parks. The deposit is refunded pending no damage to City property. Event organizers are responsible for securing event dates and can pay the deposit at the Parks & Recreation Office or by calling Stephanie O’Brien, at 972-734-2416, ext. 313 or Email City of Princeton Community Events.. Securing dates with the deposit does not imply pre-approval of the Special Event Permit Application.

Step 2: Submit Application with the Supplement Requirements

  • Each special event permit application shall be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee in the amount of $50 and any other fees that apply.
  • Submit application 60 days prior to the event start date.
  • Submit Site plan, Public Safety Plan, Traffic Plan and Waste Management Plan, as needed.

Step 3: Application Assessment and Approval Process

  • Applications are reviewed and assessed in coordination with other City department staff and may result in the need for additional information.

Step 4: Application Approval, Denial

  • A Special event Permit is granted once the application, supplemental documents, plans and payment have all been approved and paid.