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Special Events Permit

Here are some quick facts about the special events permitting process:

The Town of Breckenridge requires a special event permit whether the event is on private or public property within the Town of Breckenridge limits.

A Special Event Permit is required for a  planned or organized occurrence that:

  1. Includes an expected gathering of fifty (50) or more people if:
    • the primary purpose of the occurrence is entertainment;
    • the public or a substantial portion of the public is invited to the occurrence, either by express invitation or by implication; and
    • the occurrence is expected to have a visual, noise, or environmental impact, or to cause disruption of the normal routine of the community or the affected neighborhood;
  2.  Involves filming.

The requirements of this chapter shall not apply to:

  1.   An indoor special event of any kind;
  2.   An event held at Carter Park, Kingdom Park, or the Town's multipurpose fields contracted through the Recreation Department and constituting "normal or regular" use of those Town facilities; or
  3. An event protected by either the First Amendment to the United States Constitution or by the Colorado Constitution; provided, however, that a person staging, holding, presenting, or conducting such an event shall submit an application and obtain a permit pursuant to this chapter, but there shall be no fee required and the deadline for submission of an application as provided in subsection 4-13-7B of this chapter does not apply to such an application. The Town Manager may also modify any other requirement of this chapter with respect to such an application if necessary to comply with applicable law. (Ord. 14, Series 2018)

An application for a special event permit (SEPA) shall be filed not less than ninety days (90) nor more than three hundred sixty five (365) days before the special event is proposed to begin. An application may be submitted less than 90 days prior to the event, but a late application will be subject to an increased permitting fee and there may be additional requirements due to the lateness of the permit.

A permit issued under the Special Events Ordinance is not a special events liquor licenseClick here to find information about how to apply for a special event liquor licensePlease note that you must apply for a special event liquor license at least 30 days prior to the proposed begin of the event. 

Click here to complete a SPECIAL EVENTS PERMIT APPLICATION. 

An applicant may be required to pay a fee if utilizing Town of Breckenridge property and/or resources. 

Application must be accompanied by a business license application and payment, or proof of a Town of Breckenridge business license.

Please contact the Special Event Permit Administrator at the Breckenridge Tourism Office with questions and/or for assistance with the special events permitting process: Sarah Wetmore, SEPA Administrator, at (970) 453-5048  or Special Events Permit Administrator.

Please find a copy of the Special Events ordinance here.

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