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. You'll automatically submit a reservation form to start, and then we'll direct you to move forward with the application once we've reviewed the date, time & location.
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).
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