01Review the Applicant Guide
Read the Special Events Applicant Guide
Gather the information and materials needed to submit a complete application for your event
Submit your Special Event Application with all necessary attachments
The SEMT or other City departments will reach out to:
- Request additional information and / or request changes to your event to ensure it complies with City regulations and does not interfere with City services, and / or
- Request a meeting to better understand the details of your event, or
- Let you know that your application has been signed off on by all relevant City departments
05City Council Approval
- When you have been approved by relevant City departments, your application will be sent to City Council for approval. Once approved by City Council you can:
- Begin advertising and ticket sales for the event
- Pull necessary permits for the event
- Begin necessary inspections
- Pay fees for permits and inspections
Once you have obtained permits and scheduled the necessary inspections, you’re ready for a fantastic event
07Event Clean Up and Breakdown
Don’t forget to adhere to your clean-up / breakdown plan to leave public spaces in the best condition possible
What counts as a “Special Event”?
Generally, there are two types of events: Special Events and Permitted Events. If you are not sure if your event is a special event you can apply through the special events process and our team will help you determine what is necessary for your event.
Council Special Events are events that require a Special Events Application, City department sign off, and City Council approval. After City Council approval, please remember that you must finish obtaining permits paying the necessary fees.
City of Detroit Special Events include:
Festivals or parades or carnivals
Events that involve ticket sales on City property
Events that involve donations on City property
Events that involve closure of any right-of-way
Events that utilize Hart Plaza
A Permitted Event
A permitted event is one that may require City department permits but does not require a Special Events Application or City Council sign off. Community events such as block parties do not require a special events application, however, community events do require DPD notification and are subject to DPD approval in conjunction with obtaining the proper permits. Please notify your local precinct and ensure your event is properly permitted.
City of Detroit Permitted Events include: