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What is considered a "special event" in the City of Norfolk?
Special events are outdoor events hosted on City owned public property throughout the City of Norfolk and can include, but are not limited to, festivals, block parties, marketing/promotional events, community/neighborhood events, runs, walks, parades and bike races. Special events typically involve activation of a public venue with event set ups, performances or live entertainment, displays, etc.

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 .

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1. What is considered a "special event" in the City of Norfolk?
2. How do I reserve City property for an event?
3. When do I need a special event permit?
4. What other types of event permits are offered by the City of Norfolk?
5. How do I rent a picnic shelter for my event?
6. Do I need a permit to host an event on my own property or private property?
7. What is an Expressive Activity?
8. Is there event equipment available through the City of Norfolk?
9. How do I close down a street, lane, or sidewalk for my event?
10. How much does it cost to close a street, lane, or sidewalk?
11. How can I sell beer, wine, or spirits at my event?
12. How do I participate as a vendor at an event in Norfolk?