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Guidelines and Applications

Basic Information

What is an Outdoor Event?

Any Event that occurs completely or partially outdoors on public or private property that lasts for 90 or fewer consecutive days or for 13 or fewer consecutive weeks, and the outdoor gathering occurs on no fewer than three days out of each consecutive week, or is a series.

The number one reason why applications are denied is because applicants fail to submit the required documents by the deadline.  Outdoor Festival permit applications are due 90 days before the start date of the event.  Assembly and Large Gathering permit applications are due 30 days before the start date of the event.  For a more accurate count, start on the first event date and work backwards, with the day before the event as day one.  Please allow adequate time to plan your event, keeping the application requirements in mind during the process. 

Application and Permit fees must be remitted in the form of a Cashiers/Certified Check or Money Order. ABSOLUTELY NO personal checks, business checks, credit cards or cash

Except for fees associated with Large Gatherings in a Park or Park Facility permits.  These fees can also be remitted to the Office of Parks via credit card or company/personal check.   Application fees are non-refundable and are due at the time the application is submitted.  Emailed or Faxed applications are not acceptable for this reason.  You do not need an appointment to submit an application in person, they can be dropped off to the receptionist desk of the Mayor’s Office, Monday-Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Permit fees are not required until the permit has been issued. 

An application is not considered complete until all required information is received and the application fee is paid.  Please be sure to include all necessary supporting documents, including proof of insurance, certificates of nonprofit status, site plans, contracts etc.  If any question or response does not apply to your organization or event, please mark the space N/A rather than leaving it blank. 

Upon receipt of a completed application, an email confirmation will be sent to the applicant.  Please allow up to 10 days for this email.  It will contain next steps towards permit issuance and a list of any additional items that are needed to complete the application process.  We suggest that you keep a copy of the application for your records. 

Atlanta is host to many outdoor events on an annual basis. Outdoor events in the city add to the character of our neighborhoods and provide an opportunity for neighbors, artists, merchants and families to interact with each other. As you start the planning process, it is important to recognize that your event plays a unique part in the relationship we have with each individual community and the quality of your event can make a difference to the City of Atlanta.

The Office of Special Events is responsible for permitting outdoor events under the 2007 Outdoor Event Ordinance. Click below to view the Outdoor Events Ordinance in its entirety.

MUNICODES - Chapter 142 - Outdoor Event Ordinance 

Thank you for your interest in choosing the City of Atlanta as the location for your event!  

Last updated: 4/8/2014 1:48:24 PM