Special Event - Private Property Permit

Covid-19 Updates

The City of Norfolk supports the safe and structured programming of outdoor spaces for gatherings and events in accordance with Phase 3 of the Governor's reopening plan under Executive Order 67 and 68.  All Special Event applicants are required to submit a COVID-19 Mitigation Plan (PDF) form.

Read the COVID-19 Mitigation Plan (PDF) for the most up-to-date outdoor gathers and event permit guidelines.

Note that an application for a private property special permit under Norfolk City Code 29-68 shall be submitted to the Department of City Planning at least thirty (30) days prior to the date scheduled for the commencement of the event.

Special Event - Private Property Permit Application

Secure Special Events

This new permit allows businesses and organizations to confidently conduct special events at their facilities safely and securely.

The City's focus is on public safety; with inspections beforehand to ensure that the structure meets health, building and fire code requirements for the anticipated attendance.

Permit Requirements

The new special event permit is needed only if the event meets all of the following criteria:

  • On private property
  • Open to the public
  • Provides entertainment and/or alcoholic beverages
  • Will have more than 25 attendees

A property owner may apply for 4 special events per year.


$25 if submitted up to 15 days prior to the event. $75 if submitted past deadline

Complete applications should be submitted to:
Department of City Planning
5th Floor
City Hall, 810 Union Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

To apply for a permit to host an event on City property, visit the Special Events webpage.