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Types of Events

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Start by filling out our special event application. Forms, fees and deadlines can be found in our Special Events Guide 

Major Event

Major events are public events taking place on public right of way. Examples are athletic events, parades, festivals, etc. These events require a revocable permit approved by City Council. The deadline to apply is 75 days prior to the event. Permit cost: $75 Application cost: $25


Minor Events

Minor events are smaller public events only requiring a small section of public right-of-way to be closed. Examples are neighborhood block parties, small church festivals, etc. These events require an administrative revocable permit and the deadline to apply is 30 days prior to the event. Permit cost: $75 Application cost: $25


Public Events

Outdoor public events on private property are issued by the Special Events Office. Your application must be received 30 days prior to the event. Application cost: $25


First Amendment

To give notice of an assembly event, please submit an Assembly Event Form no less than 48 hours before the event. Groups of fewer than 25 people do not need to submit an Assembly Event Form to operate in the right-of-way. No event signs or placards may be permanently posted in the ground or on poles. People participating in assembly events do not have permission to trespass on private property. All assembly events in the right-of-way should allow pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. to pass. Application cost: Free


Special Event Review Process

After you have developed your plan, here is our approval process: 

  1. Consult with Special Events Office and other City staff 
  2. Submit application and preliminary plans to Special Events Office
  3. Submit preliminary plans at a City Services meeting (Major events only, two months prior to event) ) 
  4. Submit final plans to Special Events Office to be placed on a City Council meeting agenda (approximately 30 days prior to event) 
  5. After event, debriefing with Special Events Office and other City staff 

*City Services meetings are held every other Wednesday (subject to change). Contact Downtown OKC,, to get on the agenda. Please bring 20 copies of your event plans for staff review.