Special Events

Special Events Update

The health and safety of our citizens is our top priority, therefore, the City Clerk’s Office will not be issuing Special Event Permits for eight weeks (as of March 16th), due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

New applications are being accepted for events taking place after May 11, 2020.

If you would like to reschedule your event, please submit a preferred date via email to specialevents@cityofboise.org. If your event has cancelled, we request written notification be sent to specialevents@cityofboise.org.

The City of Boise issued a Public Health Emergency Order on March 19, 2020 suspending most Boise City board and commission meetings. Due to this order, the Special Events Team meetings have been cancelled until further notice. 

Boise City finds special events which are offered to the general public often attract large gatherings of people which may cause conditions requiring municipal regulation to ensure adequate protection of public health and safety.

Application Requirements

Applications must be submitted at least 45 days in advance of the event. It is strongly recommended that they be submitted at least 120 days prior to the proposed event date. The completed application and any required attachments may be submitted to the Boise City Clerk’s Office via email or in person at:

Boise City Hall
150 N Capitol Blvd.
Boise, ID 83702

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Special Events team at the City Clerk's Office.

1,000 or More Participants

The following require review by the Citywide Special Event Permit Process: Events or organized activities anticipating more than 1000 participants/spectators held on public property that require street closures or include event components requiring the coordination of multiple city departments or other agencies such as the service of alcohol, onsite cooking/food sales, or the use of temporary structures.

Examples include festivals, parades, runs/walks, farmer’s markets, and other planned group activities.

Less Than 1,000 Participants

Events anticipating less than 1000 participants/spectators are required to complete the Special Events Application but may not be required to pay the Special Event Application Fee.

Private Property

Events held on private property whose organizers choose to use the Special Event Process are responsible for payment of the Special Event Application fee.


Special Event Team Meetings

Review the Special Event Team meeting minutes and agendas 

If the above link takes you to a different board or commission landing page, please select "Special Event Team" from the meeting group in the left column.

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