A Special Event is an organized activity such as a walk, run, fair, festival or other gathering hosted by a third party on Jacksonville Recreation and Parks Department property for public or private entertainment that requires the general or exclusive use of one or more park facilities or features and that may: Be advertised or open to the public; attract more than 100 people; require the use of the facility or park for more than 4 hours; provide some form of entertainment (shows, music, demos, etc.); offer items for sale; and/or require maintenance, sanitation and/or police services above and beyond what is already provided on a daily basis.
Please note that all of our facilities/parks are public property, so there are certain guidelines that must be followed. Policing, trash removal, proper care of the facility/park used, sanitation services, crowd control, insurance and related traffic or parking issues must be considered and addressed before a permit can be issued. If your event matches at least one of the above criteria, please complete this application. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with walk-in reservations processed first. Applying for an event does not guarantee that your event will be approved. Selling tickets, advertising or promotion prior to approval is at the risk of the event organizer.
Please Note: If you are requesting use of the Freedom Fountain, please contact the City Clerk's office at 910 938-5200.
If you are setting up before the actual event day, what time do you need to access the building on the day of your event?
Any event expecting 500 or more requires a fire inspection. Please use the link below. For question regarding the inspection, please contact Assistant Fire Marshall Michael Jordan at 910 938-5242
Will you be collecting money in connection with this event? Including, but not limited to: merchandise sales, vendor fees, and ticket sales.
Are you requesting permission to sell, serve and/or sample food and/or beverages?
The City of Jacksonville Sanitation Division will provide you with recycling and trash receptacles, as well as the liners for them for a cost of $75 for each set of 10 receptacles. This cost is in effect for all application received on or after January 1, 2024.
Your responsibility as the event organizer will be to make sure all trash/recycling are placed in these receptacles and to leave the items and liners in the receptacles.
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