SLC Events - Permitting FAQ

Please click on the arrows below to expand the answers to these FAQs.  If you still cannot find the information you're looking for, please give us a call at (801) 535-6198, or send us an email at EventPermits@slcgov.com.

When do I need a permit?

Whenever you or your organization would like to hold any kind of activity (event, free expression, film/photo) on Salt Lake City public property, you should fill out an application and submit it to our office. We permit all activities held only on public property (roads, sidewalks, parks, plazas, etc.), and if you aren't sure, we are more than happy to answer any questions.  A good rule of thumb is to submit an application as your first step and we will let you know how to proceed.  All application locations MUST be within Salt Lake City proper.  

Guidelines for permits in SLC
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How do I apply for a permit?

Access all of our permit applications here; step-by-step instructions for each permit type are also provided.

Applications/Instructions
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How long does it take to get approved?

Special Events & Free Expression Activities - we require applications no later than 30 days prior to your event. You may, however, apply up to one year in advance of your event. You should expect to receive a Conditional Checklist (not your official permit) within 2-3 weeks, but some larger events take longer - just as it may take longer during the spring and summer (our busiest season). Once you receive a Conditional Checklist, you must complete it by your assigned deadline, typically 7 days prior to your event start date, in order to receive a Final Permit.

Filming & Photography Projects - we require applications no later than 4 business days prior to your filming. It is a very quick turnaround, so we unfortunately cannot make any exceptions with this deadline.  

*Please note: The City will not be responsible for those printed materials, promotional items, etc. if dates, locations, and/or other requested services are denied, amended, or charged during the permit process.

 

Timeframes for applications
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How much does it cost?

Important update as of July 1, 2017: An across the board increase in City fees has taken affect. The new fees for permits are found below. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions or concerns.

Application fees are as follows (no exceptions, no non-profit discounts):
 
Special Events application fee: $114.00
Free Expression application fee: $6.00
Filming application fee: $114.00

*The city imposes a 2.12% surcharge on all credit card transactions, not including debit cards. 

**Other fees or costs will be determined based on the event/activity and its impact to the City.  All cost recovery estimates will be provided in advance and payment of the estimate will be required in advance.

Prices for permit applications
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What are the deadlines for applying?

No Special Event Permit and advance-planned Free Expression applications will be accepted for events to take place less than 30 days prior to the event.  Spontaneous Free Expression applications may be accepted up to the day of the event.

Time limits
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What constitutes a 'Free Expression' event?

A free expression activity is an organized event, not including an athletic or entertainment event, having as its primary purpose the excercise of expressive activities, including, but not limited to, speechmaking, picketing, protesting, marching, demonstrating or debating public issues on any city street or other city property. 

Definition
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What is a Grandfathered event?

An event reaches 'grandfathered' status when it has been held at the same time and location for three consecutive years.  If the event moves locations or day/date, the 'grandfathered' status will start over.  Being 'grandfathered' guarantees your date/location reservation but does not replace the application requirements for any event.  'Grandfathered' events must still apply no later than 30 days prior to the event to keep their reservation. 

Grandfathered status
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Can I cancel an application?

Cancellations can be processed at any time; however, no refunds will be given for the permit processing fee. If you need to cancel, please email us immediately at EventPermits@slcgov.com.

Cancellation policy
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What are Cost Recovery fees?

The City provides basic services by all departments.  The City shall provide additional city services beyond "basic city services" if the applicant agrees to compensate the City for costs incurred in conjunction with the event above the basic services.  The assessment and collection of the costs associated with these services is called Cost Recovery.  For example, services provided by the Salt Lake City Police Department are often required for traffic control during marathons.  The Event Permitting Office sends invoices and collects payments for any Cost Recovery that may apply to your event.

 

*PLEASE NOTE: The city imposes a 2.12% surcharge on all credit card transactions, not including debit cards. 

 
The cost of holding an event
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How do I reserve a park for my event?
You must contact the Parks Department first to ensure your requested date and park is available. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. As soon as the Event Permit Office enters your application into the system, the park (or any other location you request) will be on 'soft hold' for 7 business days. Failure to pay the processing fee within those 7 business days will result in cancellation of the hold and a new application will need to be resubmitted. 
 
*Please note that Sugar House Park is maintained by Salt Lake County; all requests to hold an event at that park must be directed to Craig Cheney at (801) 483-5473.
 
SLC Parks Department
1965 West 500 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
801-972-7800
 
Parks Department
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How do I pay the application fee?

Salt Lake City Event Permitting has moved to an online platform for making payments. Once you submit a completed application to our office, we will enter your event information into our system. You will then receive an automated email from slconestop@slcgov.com (we suggest adding this email address to your contacts to prevent it from getting bumped to the spam folder) with instructions on how to pay the fee online. After we receive notification of your payment, we will submit your application to our Event Review Committee and begin the permitting process.  

You can download a receipt for your payments in the same place where you paid.  Make sure to be logged in, select "Check/Pay Event Application" and search your permit number.  Once you pull up your permit information, look for the "attachments" portion at the bottom of page and a PDF version of the receipt can be downloaded there.

 

*Please note: we will not begin the permitting process for your event until the application fee is paid in full. The fee must be paid within 7 business days from the date you are notified to pay.

Our online payment system
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How do I report a non-permitted or disruptive event?

If you encounter a special event (on City property, usually open to the public; often with vendors and/or music) that does not have a Special Event Permit, or is breaking the Salt Lake City Noise Ordinance by being too loud, you can report them to:

Salt Lake City Police Department Dispatch at 801-799-3000

We LOVE our Salt Lake City events, we just want to ensure that they are conducted in a manner that adds to the vibrancy and livability of the City, rather than have them cause disruption or potential safety hazards to our commmunity.

Events that are too loud, or breaking City ordinances
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Guidelines
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