Special Events Licensing



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Boise City finds special events which are offered to the general public or a substantial segment of the public often attract large gatherings of people which may cause adverse public health and safety conditions requiring municipal regulation to ensure adequate protection of public health and safety. It is the intent of Boise City that this license protect and promote the health, welfare and safety of the citizens of and visitors to the City of Boise, and to regulate special events for the benefit and protection of the public health and safety. 

Requirements for all Special Events: 

Events or organized activities anticipating more than 1000 participants/spectators held on public property that require street closures or include event components requiring the coordination of multiple city departments or other agencies such as the service of alcohol, onsite cooking/food sales, or the use of temporary structures require review by the Citywide Special Event Permit Process.  Examples include festivals, parades, runs/walks, farmer’s markets, and other planned group activities.

Events anticipating less than 1000 participants/spectators are required to complete the Special Event Application but may not be required to pay the Special Event Application Fee.

Events held on private property whose organizers choose to use the Special Event Process are responsible for payment of the Special Event Application fee.

The Special Events Application can be downloaded and filled out before you come in. There is a $186.50 permit application fee.

Applications must be submitted at least 45 days in advance of the event.  It is strongly recommended that they be submitted at least 120 days prior to the proposed event date.  Your completed application and any required attachments must be submitted to the Boise City Clerk’s Office via email or in person at:


Boise City Clerk’s Office                            
150 N. Capitol Blvd.
P.O. Box 500
Boise, Idaho 83701

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