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Special Event Permits

 

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.

NEW SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT

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.

EVENT ORIENTATION

Want to host an event in the City, but don’t know where to start? City Special Events partners with organizations around El Paso to provide workshops and orientations on hosting events. If you have attended one of our workshops you may view or download the latest presentation below. Please check our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and notices on upcoming workshops and orientations

To view the above presentation requires Microsoft Silverlight.
If you are having trouble viewing the presentation, you may download it at presentation.elpasospecialevents.com

Downtown Special Privilege

If your event takes place in the El Paso Downtown Plan area and does NOT qualify as a Parade (see below), 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 at www.downtownelpaso.com.

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.

Please see Additional Considerations for information on other rules and requirements that may apply to your event.

FEES: Application and late fees are non-refundable.

 

CITY SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM (PARADES)

Through the City Sponsorship Program, parade applicants may receive sponsorship of a portion or all City fees associated with a parade event. The application period is open from January 1 through March 31. Events must take place during the following fiscal year, from September 1 through August 31. Specific restrictions and requirements apply. Please see the application packet for complete details.

REQUIREMENTS:

Please see Additional Considerations for information on other rules and requirements that may apply to your event. More information will be provided to applicants after the application has been submitted.

FEES: Application fee is non-refundable.
 

 

 

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

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As incomplete applications cannot be accepted, applicants are invited to meet with us to discuss the specific requirements for the event. Please contact us to set up an appointment. Remember to always visit this site for the latest applications and information.

Additional Considerations

Not all events will require these additional fees and requirements. All applications are reviewed and must be approved by all City Departments. The City may impose additional requirements to address health and safety & welfare concerns.

 

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.

Please see Additional Considerations for information on other rules and requirements that may apply to your event.

FEES: Application and late fees are non-refundable.

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.

Please see Additional Considerations for information on other rules and requirements that may apply to your event.

FEES: Application fee is non-refundable.

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