Special Events & Permitting
EXPERIENCE AND CELEBRATE ALL THAT SAINT PAUL OFFERS THROUGH SPECIAL EVENTS
Saint Paul has always been a diverse city of neighborhoods. Our festivals, sporting events, and community-based celebrations demonstrate our civic pride and spirit. The City of Saint Paul is pleased to host hundreds of events annually, all of which contribute to the vitality of the most livable city in America.
Any individual or organization planning on hosting a block party, community festival, parade, race or public assembly in city parks or streets must apply and receive a permit for the event. The Saint Paul Police Department Community Engagement Unit (CEU) manages the permit applications and approval process for all events that will impact city streets. Saint Paul Parks and Recreation manages the permitting process for all events held on park land.
The First Amendment
The Saint Paul Police Department recognizes the right of the people to peacefully assemble as protected by the Constitution of the United States of America. We've created a brochure that helps to explain those rights, as well as reasonable limitations that can be imposed on events in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all. The Saint Paul Police Department will not deny a permit for an event due to its perceived controversial or unpopular content.
Exemptions for Small Block Parties
The City of Saint Paul encourages the holding of small block parties that do not adversely impact traffic, parking, and public safety. Therefore, while small block party organizers must still apply for a Chapter 366 (Class B) block party permit (found in the following section), they are exempt from permit fees, insurance, and indemnity requirements provided that:
- No food or beverages are sold to the public;
- The street, sidewalk, or alley involved is totally residential in nature and does not cover an area greater than one (1) city block in length and does not encompass an intersection;
- The event is held between the hours of 8:00AM and sunset; and
- Application for a permit is made at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to the event; provided, however, that the time limit may be waived by the chief of police (or his designee) at his or her discretion upon a determination of hardship to the applicant and no adverse effect on public health, safety, or welfare is present.
Which Street Permit Do I Need?
- Class B permits are covered under Saint Paul City Ordinance 366, and encompass block parties and community festivals - both of which usually require the closure of a street or other public area for a static event.
- A different permit is required for parades, races, and public assemblies. These permits are covered under Saint Paul City Ordinance 366A - these events are usually fluid in nature and move from one location to another.
- Event Planner Worksheet
- City of Saint Paul Event Planner Contact List
- Insurance Requirements Notification
- Barricade Rental Policy
- Waste Management Plan
- Recycling & Organics Guide
Planning an Event on Park Property
The Saint Paul Police Department does not have the authority to permit events on city park property. If you are planning an event on park property, please refer to the following resources:
- If you are planning an event that will take place within a city park property, you can visit the parks and recreation department's event planing page to locate park permit applications and related resources.
- If you are planning a walk/run or other distance event in Saint Paul that involves park space, please visit the parks and recreation walk/run information page to locate documents and helpful resources.
- Other park and facility reservation and permitting information can be found here.
- Harriet Island and its related parks require specific permits and reservations. Please visit the Harriet Island Rentals and Reservations page for details.
Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI) Special Event-related Permits
DSI requires permits for some aspects of special events. They have their own webpage that will help you learn more about safety and licensing requirements for events. They also have a special section on skyway use if your event will be utilizing one.
Planning an Event on State Capitol Property
If you are planning an event that will take place on capitol grounds, you must obtain a separate state-issued permit. You can visit the State Capitol Public Events page to locate capitol permit applications and related resources.
National Night Out
National Night Out (NNO) is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.
NNO permits are Class B permits, but do not require a filing fee. For questions on NNO, contact the Crime Prevention coordinator at 651.266.5455 or by email.
Chapter 366/366A Event Road Closures
In order to keep our citizens and visitors informed, we provide the following spreadsheet which includes information on the name of the event, the date(s) of the event, road closure times, road closure locations, event point-of-contact information and event website (if applicable).
Mississippi River Boulevard/Shepard Road/Summit Avenue Closures
Our Mississippi River Boulevard, Shepard Road, and Summit Avenue greenways, parks, and multi-use paths are very popular event locations. Therefore, we list closings for these locations separately.
For questions, please contact the Saint Paul Police Department Community Engagement Unit administrative assistant at 651-266-5485 or by email.