If you have submitted a special events application, and have not received a response from the Office of Special Events within 48 hours, please call (616) 456-3378 (option 3).
Special Event Permit
Planning to host an event in Grand Rapids? We help you to check venue availability and plan your event.
Click here if you are a resident wanting to host a block party for your street. Click here if you want to use private property for an event (example: a business parking lot).
Apply for a Special Event Permit
*Planning Tip: View our timeline checklist to help you stay on track here, or download a printable version here(PDF, 241KB).
Do you have a great idea but don't have all the information for your application just yet? That’s okay! If your event is over 30 days away, just submit a Reservation Form to pencil your event in on our calendar. You'll still need to submit a Special Event Permit Application (above).
- Online Reservation Form
- Paper Reservation Form
*Our PDF option is temporarily unavailable to download. Please use the online version above. You may call our office with any questions or for further assistance at 616-456-3378 (opt. 3).
Want to get married in a park? Great choice! We've outlined the steps to apply for a permit.
Apply for a Wedding Permit
Film and Photography Permit
Want to film your next project in a public space? Check if you need a permit and we'll guide you through the process.
Apply for a Film and Photography Permit
Blue Bridge & Gallery Ramp Active Lighting Request
Brighten your city by requesting to customize lighting for the Blue Bridge and/or the Gallery Parking Ramp. We have tons of pre-programmed colors for you to choose from - the possibilities are endless!
Apply to change the Blue Bridge or Gallery Ramp Lighting
Need to use equipment and want to rent instead of buy? We have stages, bleachers, P.A. systems, tents, giant yard games, and more.
Apply for Equipment Rental