Special Event Permit
Planning to host an event in Grand Rapids? We help you to check venue availability and plan your event.
Note: Recognizing that quick action is needed for our community’s COVID-19 recovery, we’re committed to expediting our approval process. We have modified our existing processes and created a shortened application. Complete our Fast App here or download the PDF version here(PDF, 316KB).
If you're applying for a 2021 event, please complete our standard Special Event Permit Application(PDF, 558KB).
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.
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
Request Blue Bridge Lighting
Brighten your city by requesting to customize lighting for the Blue Bridge. We have tons of pre-programmed colors for you to choose from - the possibilities are endless!
Apply to change the Blue Bridge Lighting
Need to use equipment and want to rent instead of buy? We have stages, bleachers, P.A. systems, tents and more.
Apply for Equipment Rental