Public Event Guidelines
These guidelines have been developed for any person or group that wants to conduct a public event in the City of Boston. A public event is an event opened to the general public; it can be held on public or private property; it may feature entertainment, amusements, food and beverages; it may be classified as a road race, block-party, festival, fundraising party, or parade.
A public event in the City of Boston, depending on the size and nature of the event, may require a number of permits from various departments within the City before being officially approved. In order to assure that the City, as well as the public event applicant, has as much information as needed before beginning the permitting process, the City requires the applicant to sit down with the public event committee prior to the scheduling of their event.
The applicant must provide the following completed documentation for the special events committee at their scheduled meeting:
A Public Event Application.
A detailed site plan showing the following: all handicap, pedestrian and fire access; dimensions of stages and tents; and type of equipment or generators & placement of any vendors and any outdoor toilet facilities.
You will need to prepare an itemized list and cost analysis of city services proved to you by Transportation, Boston Fire, Boston Police, Boston EMS, and Inspection Services Department (Building, Health, Electrical Inspectors).
Depending on the nature of the event, any of the following may be required:
Privately owned location: You must provide a letter from the landlord giving you the right to use the property.
Public Park: You must submit an additional application to the Boston Parks Department. Download Application
City Streets: If a street needs to be closed for the event, you must submit an additional application to the Boston Parks Department. Download Application
Letters of Support
- First Year of Event: If this is the first year of your event, you will need letters of support from local community and business organizations.