Special Events Office

Last updated Sep. 06, 2016 - 8:12 am

The City of Raleigh is proud to host and celebrate hundreds of events each year, from major conventions and sporting events to community-based festivals and races. Stay connected with events all across Raleigh by subscribing to our Weekly Special Events Digest and checking out our Special Events Online Calendar.

The Special Events Office provides a single point of contact for event management and compliance, overseeing all aspects of special events that use the public right-of-way. Contact us at 919-996-2200 or specialevents@raleighnc.gov, or visit our office in the Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 West Hargett St. Suite 304.

Community Resources

The Special Events Office strives to improve communication about special events in Raleigh and their impacts on the community. We have initiated the following communication mechanisms for the benefit of citizens and event organizers:

  • Feedback Form: Tell us what you think about Raleigh events! We welcome citizen and participant feedback and utilize this information in future planning.
  • Weekend Digest: Sign up for weekly email updates, which will include a brief description of special events in Raleigh occurring in the upcoming week, including road closure information.
  • Public Notification Requirements: Our office enforces comprehensive notification requirements with a goal of keeping residents, businesses and other establishments informed in advance about events that will impact their area.
  • Online Calendar: View up-to-date information about all events within the City that are regulated by the Special Events Office. When possible, it will also include road closure details and contact information for reaching specific event organizers.

Planning a Special Event in Raleigh

Raleigh City Code, the City of Raleigh’s Special Event Policy and other policies govern special events within the City. The Special Events Office has created a Special Event Planning Guide that provides relevant policies and procedures in a user-friendly manner to assist with event planning. All event organizers should review this guide prior to applying for an event, so they are aware of the complexities that come with hosting an event on City property. The guide covers the following:

  • Who needs a City-issued Special Event Permit
  • Deadlines and fees
  • Permitting process overview
  • Rules, regulations, and other considerations

After you review our guide, please refer to the sections below to apply for your type of event. We have online applications for Special Event, Filming, and Neighborhood Block Party requests.

Special Event Requests

Festivals, performances, road races, parades, charity walks, and similar events that use public right-of-ways will require a Special Event Permit.

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Read the Special Event Planning Guide
  2. Contact the Special Events Office to determine date and location availability
  3. Complete the Special Event Application NOTE: YOU CANNOT SAVE YOUR PROGRESS ONCE YOU BEGIN.
  4. Submit the $100 non-refundable application fee over the phone, in person, or via mail. Instructions for payment submittal are included on the Application Fee Payment Form.

Until both the application and application fee are received, your application will not be considered complete and your materials will not be reviewed. Submitting an application does NOT guarantee that your event will be approved.

Neighborhood Block Party Requests

A neighborhood block party is a small-scale event that closes a small number of blocks on a local-service, residential street. These small-scale gatherings, such as neighborhood potlucks or barbeques, are initiated by and are intended to attract only local residents who live on or in close proximity to the street being closed. They are not intended for the general public. If your neighborhood event is open to the general public, is being advertised outside the affected area, or involves major street closures, you will need to fill out our Special Event Application (see above).

Neighborhood Block Party Application Deadline: 30 days

Neighborhood Block Party Application Fee: $50 non-refundable

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Complete the Neighborhood Block Party Application before the 30-day deadline. NOTE: YOU CANNOT SAVE YOUR PROGRESS ONCE YOU BEGIN.
  2. Submit the $50 non-refundable application fee over the phone, in person, or via mail. Instructions for payment submittal are included on the Application Fee Payment Form.

Until both the application and application fee are received, your application will not be considered complete and your materials will not be reviewed. Submitting an application does NOT guarantee that your event will be approved.

Filming and Photography Requests

Film or still photography production that requires use of City facilities, including roads, sidewalks, parks, buildings or any other City property, may require a Special Event Permit.

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Read the Special Event Planning Guide
  2. Contact the Special Events Office to determine date and location availability and to verify that your activity will require a permit.
  3. Complete the Film and Photography Application NOTE: YOU CANNOT SAVE YOUR PROGRESS ONCE YOU BEGIN.
  4. Submit the $50 non-refundable application fee over the phone, in person, or via mail. Instructions for payment submittal are included on the Application Fee Payment Form.

Until both the application and application fee are received, your application will not be considered complete and your materials will not be reviewed. Submitting an application does NOT guarantee that your production will be approved.

Deadlines: We recommend that applications for extensive filming spanning multiple days or locations be submitted at least 30 days in advance. Low impact productions can often be processed sooner. We will attempt to accommodate requests within reason but cannot guarantee an application will be reviewed if it is not submitted at least two (2) weeks prior to the shoot date.

View general information on filming in the State of North Carolina, including information on statewide regulations

Parking Requests

If you wish to request the temporary reservation of parking spaces within the City, please contact the Special Events Office at 919-996-2200 to learn how to apply.

Aerial Permit Requests

If you wish to request an aerial permit, please contact the Special Events Office at 919-996-2200 to learn how to apply.

September 2014 Updates to Special Events Policy

During the September 16, 2014 City Council meeting the following City of Raleigh Special Event Policy was approved. Questions about the new policies can be directed to the Special Events Office at 919-996-2200.

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