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City of Montgomery Special Events Department

200 Coosa Street, Montgomery, AL 36104


City of Montgomery Event Permit Application

NOTE: Application must be submitted a minimum of 20 days prior to your event.

Who must apply for a Special Event Permit to host an event in Montgomery, AL?
Anyone who plans to host a special event in Montgomery, Alabama that will:

  • Organized activity with five people or more gathering on City property

  • Be held on or effect Montgomery streets, sidewalks, property, or right of way 

  • Require City of Montgomery services beyond those the city provides its citizens under ordinary, everyday circumstances 

  • Have features that require issuing of one or more additional licenses or permits (fireworks, alcoholic beverages, food sales, street closings, tents more than 600 square feet, etc.)

Note: All City of Montgomery Special Events Department ordinances (zoning, noise, signage etc.) must be adhered to. A special event permit does not guarantee the use of the covered picnic shelters/pavilions at the parks. Those are available on a first come first served basis.

The following applicable attachments and fees must be included with your application: 

  • Proposed Site Plan

  • Proposed Schedule of Events

  • If the event is on property not owned by Event Host or City of Montgomery Special Events Department proof of consent from the property owner must be included

  • Signed Acknowledgement form from residence for events that include road closures

The review process takes a minimum of ten (10) business days. All appropriate City of Montgomery Departments will review the permit application. You will be notified if your event application requires additional documentation.

Deadlines and Fees
Applications for parades/processions shall be submitted no less than thirty (30) days in advance of the requested event date. All other applications shall be submitted a minimum of twenty (20) days in advance of the requested event date.

Applications will not be processed until the $25.00 application fee is paid in full. The application fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

City Owned Property
The City of Montgomery Special Events Department does not allow the use of City-owned property for the purpose of profit (unless for charitable donations). No admission fees can be charged except fees to races/walks for the purpose of raising funds for a designated 501© 3 charity.

Special Rules, regulations and restrictions unique to each site or facility may apply.  Event permit holders will be given information specific to the site that they are requesting to use if applicable.

No staking is allowed in any City of Montgomery Parks due to the irrigation system.

Fastening or attaching any rope, sign, banners, fliers or other objects to any tree, shrub, fence or park feature including light poles on any City of Montgomery Special Events Department property is strictly prohibited.

The location of toilets and garbage receptacles must be approved by the City of Montgomery. Toilets must not be set up no earlier than 24 hours in advance of the event and must be removed from the property within 24 hours post event. If the event is on Saturday, items can remain until 8:00 a.m. Monday unless there is an event scheduled for that Sunday.

The clean-up and removal of all trash is the sole responsibility of the event host.  Garbage receptacles provided in various parks are for general, daily park use and may not be utilized for special event waste.

Certificate of Insurance
A certificate of insurance naming the City of Montgomery Special Events Department as an additional insured will be required for all Major Events and in some cases, for small events as determined by the City of Montgomery.

All events that include the use of fireworks, live animals, motorized/mechanical vehicles or equipment, inflatables (jump houses etc.) or other amusement rides, bungee cords and similar devices, trampolines, rebounding equipment or alcohol are required to obtain a copy of the contracting companies certificate of liability insurance naming the City of Montgomery Special Events Department as the additional insured on the general liability.

Schedule of Fees and Charges for Special Events
Depending on the size and type of event, the City of Montgomery Special Events Department may require City personnel including Police, Fire & Rescue, Public Works and/or Parks & Recreation to work the event. All City personnel involved during the day(s) of the event will be charged back to the organizing agency. The City shall determine the number necessary to ensure the safety of participants, minimize the inconvenience to our residents and reduce the public liability exposure to the organizing agency, as well as the City. The final bill will be transmitted to the organizing agency within thirty (30) days after the completion of the event.

If for any reason there is damage to any part of the area, which is reserved for the special event or damage to another area as a direct result of the event, the extent of damage, as determined by the sole discretion of the City of Montgomery Special Events Department, and the dollar amount of any repair or replacement and restitution will be billed to the applicant to be paid in full no more than thirty (30) days from the billing date. If payment is not received within the allotted time, all future special event permit request will be denied until such time as payment is received and, in addition, City of Montgomery may take legal action to recover costs, including attorney’s fees.

Release and Indemnification
In consideration for being permitted to use public facilities and facilities owned by the City of Montgomery. Applicant agrees to indemnify, release and hold harmless the City of Montgomery, its officers and employees from and against all liability, claims and demands which are incurred, made or brought by any person or entity on account of damage, loss or injury, sickness, disease, death, or any other loss of any kind whatsoever. Your organization is fully responsible for complying with all applicable laws and safety procedures. This permit does not authorize you to enter upon private property or in any way hinder or obstruct pedestrian or vehicular traffic. In order to protect the general health, safety and public welfare of its citizens, The City of Montgomery reserves the right to deny and/or modify the conditions of this permit or to cancel it entirely if it is deemed appropriate by the City of Montgomery.

Application - $25.00 non-refundable

Administrative Fees for Officers - $25.00 per officer

Traffic Related Police Officers - $35.00/hour per officer (4 hour min)

Non-Traffic Related Police Officer - $30.00/hour per officer (4 hour min)

Tent/Temporary Structure Inspection - $50.00

EMS Support Fee - $100.00 per hour per two-man team

Barricades - $5.00/wooden (per barricade)
$10.00/metal (per barricade)

Trash Cans - $5.00 per can

Please be advised, all Permit Applications must be submitted a minimum of 20 days prior to your event date.


* I understand and agree to the terms and conditions of the Special Events Permit Application.

Application Date

Is this a Non-Profit?

Yes No

Primary Organizer

Contact Info

Full Address

Event Catagory

Primary On-Site Contact Day of Event

Start Date of Actual Event

End Date of Event

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City Street, Lane & Sidewalk Closures

Will any streets or sidewalks need to be fully closed?

Will the event involve any street closures?

Will metered parking spaces need to be closed?

Alcoholic Beverage Sales & Consumption

Will alcohol be served/sold at the event?

Food Sales; Merchandise Sales & Vending

Will there be any merchandise vendors/sales?

Will there be any food or beverage vendors/sales?

Fireworks & Open Flames

Will fireworks or open flames be used as part of the event?

Will private grills be in use for food preparation?

Tents, Canopies & Structures

Will tents or canopies be used at the event?

Are any portions of this event held on private property?


Does your event require electricity?


Will supplemental waste receptacles be required?

Portable Restrooms

Will portable restrooms be required?

Installation Date

Removal Date

Marketing & Public Relations

Is this an annual event?

Will the event be publicized and open to the general public?

Will banners or signs be used outside the event site?

Application Submission Checklist


Neighborhood Petition - Upload File(s)

Site Plans/Route Maps - Upload File(s)

General Liability Insurance - Upload File(s)

Submit application and $25.00 non-refundable permit fee to:


MAIL $25.00 Payment with copy of application:
City of Montgomery Special Events Department 
Attn: Events Manager (Application and Permit Fee)
200 Coosa Street  |  Montgomery, Alabama 36104

$25 Permit Fee

Everything that I have stated on this application is correct to the best of my knowledge. I have read, understand, and agree to abide by the policies, rules and regulations listed within the City of Montgomery's current Special Event Handbook as applicable to all plans and requested usage. The permit, if granted, is not transferable and is revocable at any time at the absolute discreation of the City of Montgomery.   

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By authority of Section 26-222 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Montgomery, the requirement of Events Permit shall not apply to any activity sponsored by the City, County or State. The Permit shall be issued only after approval by the appropriate City Officials, listed below:

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