Special Event Permits

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City of Maricopa Special Event Permit Requirements

To ensure that public safety is maintained the City of Maricopa requires a Special Event Permit for large events within the City limits. Any organized activity with more than 100 people, whether on public or private property, involving the use of, or having impact upon, City property, public facilities, parks, sidewalks, and/or streets or have activities that require issuing one or more additional licenses or permits (fireworks, alcoholic beverages, food sales, parades, street closings, tents over 400 square feet, etc.) require a Special Event Permit.

To download a Special Event Permit Application, click here

A Special Event Permit can be obtained at no cost. Event organizers need to complete a permit application no later than 60 days prior to the actual date of the event. It can be received up to six months in advance. Applications that are not submitted at least 60 days before the event will not be accepted. Applications that require Council approval should be submitted at least 90 days prior to the event date. 

Completed Special Event Permit Applications need to be returned to City Hall at 39700 W Civic Center Plaza, Maricopa, AZ 85138 or emailed to specialevents@maricopa-az.gov for the Special Events Permit Review Committee to review

The permit application process begins when completed Special Event Permit Application is submitted, with all required documents attached, to the City of Maricopa.

Keep in mind that acceptance of an application should in no way be construed as final approval. Upon receipt of an application, a copy of the application is forwarded to each of the members of the Special Events Permit Review Committee.

The committee will make a recommendation for approval or denial 10-60 days after an application is filed and deemed complete.

If event organizers fail to obtain the proper permit the event can be shut down.

Situations that require Council Action include:

  • If a group or organization wishes to hold an event that would normally require a business license under chapter 8 of the City Code
  • If a group wants to hold an event that will close a public facility or a collector or arterial street
  • If a group wants to hold an event that requires the issuance of a Special Event Liquor License
  • If an event will require City support that was not anticipated in the budgetary process

With additional questions please contact our Community Services Department at (520) 316-6842 or specialevents@maricopa-az.gov. For a complete Special Event Permit Guide, please click here