Permits for Special Events

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Permits for Special Events


A special events permit is required for any event using the public right-of-way. If you have questions about the application process, email SBSpecialEvents@southbendin.gov.

The Special Events Committee meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Here is a link for the public to join the meetings virtually: https://tinyurl.com/SouthBend-SpecialEvents



Applications and Event Types

FOR DETAILED APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS, DEFINITIONS, FEE SCHEDULES AND SUBMISSION CHECKLISTS, PLEASE SEE THE APPLICATION GUIDELINES HERE.

Note: For special events that intend to close a city park in addition to, or separate from, a public right-of-way closure, applicants must complete a Venues, Parks & Arts (VPA) park or pavilion event application as well. VPA applications can be found at: http://sbvpa.org/get-involved/.

Special events fall under two categories, Neighborhood Special Events and City and Regional Special Events, each with a different application type. Complete the appropriate fillable PDF for your event and gather the attachments listed on the submission checklist. Note that applications are collected electronically via email.

NEIGHBORHOOD SPECIAL EVENTS
These events attract attendees within the neighborhood. Examples include block parties and neighborhood celebrations. These events have an anticipated attendance of 500 persons or fewer and may only close one block of the city right-of-way, defined as a section of one city street bounded by its two nearest cross streets.

Neighborhood Special Event Application  (Open in Adobe Acrobat DC to use eSignature features)

Neighbor Signature Form – Print, scan, and attach to email application submission

CITY AND REGIONAL SPECIAL EVENTS
These events attract attendees from all parts of the city and region. Examples include races, walks, concerts, festivals, processions and parades. These events have an anticipated attendance of greater than 500 persons and may close more than one block of the city right of way.

City and Regional Special Event Application (Open in Adobe Acrobat DC to use eSignature features)

MOTORCYCLE SPECIAL EVENTS
Motorcycle Special Event Application (Open in Adobe Acrobat DC to use eSignature features)


Submission and Payment

Submit the Application: After reviewing the submission checklist in the special event application guidelines, applicants should attach the completed application and supporting attachments to an email and send to SBSpecialEvents@southbendin.gov.

Determine Fees for Submission: Review the fee schedule below (Timeline and Fees) to determine the event’s non-refundable application fee, based on expected attendance and date of submission. If the event has alcohol sales, the applicant will also need to submit a $400 refundable deposit, paid by card or check (payable to City of South Bend), with the application.

Note: Cost recovery fees will be assessed separate from the application submission process. For more details, please see the Cost Recovery section below.

Submit Payment: After determining the event’s total payment amount (application fees and deposit amounts), applicants must submit payment (card or check) to the City's Division of Streets, either in person or by mail. Checks must be made to the City of South Bend.

The Streets Division is located at 731 S Lafayette Blvd, South Bend, IN 46601.


Timeline and Fees

Please submit your application as early as possible. Submission deadlines and application fees are listed below (fees are non-refundable). Completed applications and fees must be submitted by the dates provided:

Neighborhood Events – Schedule for application and fee submission:

  1. 30 days or greater prior to event: $25
  2. Applications submitted less than 30 days prior to event will not be accepted

 City and Regional Events – Schedule for application and fee submission:

  1. 60 or greater days prior to event: $50
  2. 59 to 30 days prior to event: $100
  3. Fewer than 30 days prior to event: City cannot accept applications

Motorcycle Rides

  1. 60 days or greater prior to event: $50
  2. 59-30 days prior to event: $100
  3. Fewer than 30 days prior to event: City cannot accept applications


Cost Recovery

Proposed City and regional events that close the public right-of-way may be subject to cost recovery fees, depending on the use of city services involved with the event.

Non-profit organizations are eligible for up to 40 hours of South Bend police officer time and up to 16 hours of other City personnel time, including traffic and lighting staff. Past this threshold, the non-profit organization is responsible for all other costs and expenses. Please note that non-profit organizations may NOT use their officer time allocation for event security, which is required for events that will have alcohol service.

All other organizations / organizers cannot receive in-kind benefits from the city and are subject to the full cost recovery provisions determined by the committee.

The City has the right to assess additional costs for litter and refuse collection to the extent that the applicant or event organizer fails to meet the obligations set forth in the clean-up plan, as well as bill for additional charges set forth in the final cost recovery invoice.


311 Process Notes

Point-of-contact is Denise Miller in Streets. Number is x9244