Special Events Licensing

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: 

All special events must file an Attendance Estimate Form with the City Clerk to determine their interaction with licensing regulations.

All special events held within Boise City Parks, regardless of number of Participants,MUST complete the Special Events Application.

Events with less than 1000 Participants (determined on a special events attendance estimate)

Special Event Team Contact Numbers - provides the special event organizer with information on who to contact to get the permits and permissions required by the city and regional agencies depending on the logistics of the event.

If you wish to voluntarily benefit from a review of your event by the Special Events Coordination Committee, then you will need to fill out and file a Special Events Application with the City Clerk's Office.

If your event includes vendors, you must fill out and file a Event Vendor Application with the City Clerk's office and pay the applicable fees.

Events with over 1000 Participants (determined on a special events attendance estimate)

Special Event Team Contact Numbers - provides the special event organizer with information on who to contact to get the permits and permissions required by the city and regional agencies depending on the logistics of the event.

You must have your event reviewed by the Special Events Coordination Committee, you will need to fill out and file a Special Events Application with the City Clerk's Office and pay the applicable fee.

If your event includes vendors, you must fill out and file an Event Vendor Application with the City Clerk's office and pay the applicable fees.

Before your license is issued, you must return the Special Events Permits and Permissions worksheet with all the required "Permits and Permissions" signatures and proof of liability insurance.


Special Events Policies & Procedures Manual

Prepared by:  The City of Boise Special Events Coordination Committee

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Goals & Objectives
  3. Special Events Licensing
  4. General Policies
  5. Boise City Clerk Policies
  6. Boise Fire Department Policies
  7. Boise Police Department Policies (Citizen's Use Permit)
  8. Boise Parking Services Policies
  9. Boise Public Works Department Policies
  10. Boise Parks Policies for Event Planners and Applications
  11. Boise Planning & Development Department Policies
  12. Boise Risk Management Policies
  13. Ada County Highway District (ACHD) Policies
  14. Central District Health Department Policies
  15. Downtown Boise (DBA, CCDC) Policies