Event Classifications

Understand Event Classifications

Special Events are classified in large measure by their potential for impacts on the community. The application and review requirements for events change, depending upon the classification of the event. These changes include, but may not be limited to:
  • Deadlines for application submission
  • Process for application review
  • Documentation requirements
  • Potentially, other requirements such as insurance, bonding and inspection requirements
You can learn more about each of the event classification and their classification triggers by following the links below:

Administrative Approvals
Small Events that don't meet any of the triggers for a Minor, Moderate or Major Event. These tend to occur over a single day and don't impact public services.
Minor Events
Tend to be smaller in size but still impact major public services by closing a street, diverting traffic, or involves the use of private property requiring land use approval.
Major Events
Tend to have several thousand participants, span multiple days, or have a significant impact on essential public services such as transportation, police and emergency services.
Moderate Events
Tend to have more than 1000 attendees, use public property, close streets, serve alcohol, or impact transportation and parking.

The City will classify events based upon the presence of certain triggers, and they will always be placed according to the highest level of trigger present. For instance, if even one of the triggers for a Major Event is present, the event will be classified as a Major Event.

Turnaround Times

The application turnaround times will depend upon the nature and classification of your event.
The following times are meant to serve as a reference only and are our estimates. Review times can vary due to a variety of circumstances.Please use these estimated turnaround times to effectively plan your event and review.

Event Type
Estimated Turnaround Time
120 Days
90 Days
30 Days
Administrative Approval
14 Days