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City property is not available for set up of an individual band/DJ, vendor, informational or awareness booth or yard sale. These activities DO NOT qualify for a Special Event Permit .
Open to the Public and Ticketed EventsEvents that are open to the public (free or for admission) and take place on City property, such as on a street, festival park, community park, or school ground should contact the Office of Special Events to coordinate event support services and obtain a permit for use of the property.
A special event permit is required if ALL the following circumstances apply:
• Event is open to the public • Event location requested is outdoor City owned public property
A special event permit is also required for all events, both open to the public or private, in the Downtown Improvement District (DID), on a street, sidewalk or parking lot Citywide.
Expressive Activity Permit Application: For events protected by the first amendment, including but not limited to, protests, rallies, demonstrations and marches.
Department of Recreation, Parks and Open Space: Find more information at www.norfolk.gov/rpos or call 757.441.2400.
Facility Use Application: Specific applications by facility/location requested vary. • For athletic events and field reservations• To reserve individual picnic shelters (maximum of 2) • ALL private/invitation only events, including but not limited to, birthday parties, family reunions, receptions or weddings in a City owned park or open space with the exception of property in the DID. • To reserve indoor space within a City owned and operated recreation, community center or aquatic facility• To use sand/beach property
Department of Planning, Development Services Center: Find more information at www.norfolk.gov/planning or call 757.664.6565.
Special Event – Private Property Permit: For businesses and organizations to conduct a special event at their facility or on private property. Norfolk Public Schools: For more information contact the individual school you are requesting to use.
Application for Lease of School Facility: Required as the first step in the application process to use NPS grounds. A Special Event Permit application may still be required depending on the date/time of the event.
It is the right of the City of Norfolk to ensure the free and safe passage of pedestrians and vehicles on the public rights-of-way, to ensure free and safe access to public areas, and otherwise regulate and control the time, place, and manner of activities that would otherwise threaten the public health, safety, and welfare, while also encouraging the exercise of rights under the First Amendment. Content of the expressive activity will never be regulated and all requests for expressive activities are treated equally, as long as the permit criteria and requirements are met. No group assembling lawfully will be discriminated against or denied the right of assembly.
For more information, visit Expressive Activity Permits
Please note the City of Norfolk does not have portable restrooms, dumpsters, etc. available for rent. This equipment can be rented from private providers.
For more information, visit Special Event Rental Equipment
Events taking place on Norfolk Public School grounds, parks or open space are not permitted to have alcohol.
The event insurance policy must also include liquor liability.