Special Event Planning

Special Events During the Pandemic

Effective May 15, 2021, Jefferson County has moved to Level CLEAR on the State’s COVID-19 dial. This move allows for no capacity limits at outdoor events. If you are planning an event, make sure you are aware of all safety and public health guidelines in effect.

Here are some useful resources for planning your event:

Downtown City BannerWhether you’re planning a parade, a festival, a 5K run or just a neighborhood block party, the City of Golden would like to help you make your event possible. Some events need a permit, for example, if you are requesting a street closure, or planning to serve or sell alcohol.  Other events can make use of a pavilion rental in one of Golden’s parks, or just show up in a park and have fun.

The best place to start the Special Event Application process is by downloading the Special Events Guide pdf download. Here you will find the answers to all your questions relating to hosting a special event in Golden.

Do I Need a Permit for My Event?

Special Events GuideAnswering a few simple questions will help you determine if you need to apply for a Special Event Permit.

  • Is the anticipated attendance 50 or more?
  • Will you be serving or selling alcohol?
  • Will you be using amplified sound, other than for announcements or a simple ‘boom box’?
  • Will you have vendors at the event who are selling goods or services, like a yoga class?
  • Will you be using any temporary structures, like tents, bleachers or stages?
  • Will your event close or change the traffic pattern of a street or alley?
  • Will your event impact the public use of a park or natural resource?

If you answer “YES” to any of these questions, you will most likely need to apply for and obtain a Special Event Permit.

New Events

If you are planning a new event, one that has not been previously issued a Special Event Permit, then you will have to go through the Special Event Review Committee.

Begin this process by completing and submitting the New Event Packet, available for download below.

These forms can be submitted up to one year in before your event.


Events in Golden are assigned a Tier Classification based on many factors, including attendance, duration of alcohol service and impacts to the community.  Events will also pay a Damage Deposit related to their tier classification. Fees will depend on the Tier Classification of your event, as well as where and when you are holding it.  Please refer to the Special Event Guide for fees related to your event.


Your completed special event application, with all fees, must be submitted no later than 60 days before your event.  New events will need additional time to go through the Special Event Review Committee, so please plan accordingly.

Deadline for Special Events Applications: 60 days in advance of event

Questions? Contact Diane Tiberi by email, or call 303-277-8728.

Pavilion and Facilities Rentals

Pavilion and facilities rentals are managed through the Parks and Recreation Department, not through Special Events. If you are interested in renting a park pavilion or a city facility for private use, please visit the Facilities and Use Rentals page for more information.

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