Though obtaining an event permit may seem daunting at first, we want to help you navigate the process with this step-by-step guide.
Visit this page to determine if your event needs a permit, and if so, what type. Also determine ahead of time when and where it will be held, along with how many people will come. If you're not sure where you'd like to hold your event, we would be happy to help you determine which of Atlanta's vibrant neighborhoods would best suit your event.
Verify that you will not miss the application deadline. Missing the application deadline is the number one reason we deny applications for events. Be sure to also verify the application fee and permit fee for your event. They are not the same thing, nor are they paid at the same time. Paying the application fee is not an assurance of being issued a permit.
If applying in person, print out the application and fill it out before coming into the office. There is one common application for all event types. You may also apply online here. If any part of the application does not apply to your event, please write N/A instead of leaving the space blank. We cannot accept applications with any blank fields. If applying in person, write a check for the application fee amount. If applying online, you will be able to pay online at the end of the application process.
If applying in person, come to the Office of Special Events at 55 Trinity Ave. SW, Suite 2500, Atlanta, GA 30303 during business hours (8:15am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday) and submit your materials. No appointment is necessary.
Within 24-48 hours, you will receive confirmation of receipt of your materials by [email, phone]. This confirmation is not a guarantee of permit issuance, nor is it a guarantee of your desired date and/or location. It is simply a confirmation that we have your materials on file and are actively working towards getting you your permit. You will also hear whether or not there are any conflicts with your desired date and/or location.
MOSE will be in touch with any outstanding application needs until all requirements are satisfied. If you need additional sub-permits or supporting documents, it is your responsibility to reach out directly to the applicable departments. Visit this page for more on sub-permits and supporting documents. If you applied online, you may check the status of your application at any time simply by logging in. If you applied in person, you may call the office any time during business hours to check the status.
Within five (5) business days of application receipt, MOSE will be in touch with you about the next NPU meeting (what is an NPU?).
If you are applying for an outdoor festival permit, you will need to attend the meeting in person and present your event plans to the NPU. You will need to give a short talk about your event, how many people will attend, safety plans, routes, a clean-up plan, etc. so that the NPU may decide whether your event will be an asset to the neighborhood.
If you are applying for an assembly or large gathering permit, you need only submit written notification to the NPU. You do not need to attend the next meeting in person. You will need to give the same information, but in a clear written format.
The NPU will then make a recommendation on the approval of your permit to MOSE, which will be added to your permit application file.
You are also responsible for sending written notification to the council district representative, residents, businesses, hospitals, schools, and places of worship within a three (3) block radius of the event within ten (10) days of submitting your application. If you have trouble finding residential addresses for notification, you may contact the Department of Public Works for assistance.
MOSE may only issue an event permit when the application file is complete. A complete application file contains all necessary sub-permit applications, supporting documents, NPU approval, and fees paid in full, all within the application deadline. Once all the requirements are met, MOSE will inform you of the permit fee, which is payable directly to MOSE.
Once the fee is paid, MOSE will issue you your permit.