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PLEASE BE ADVISED:  Special Event Permit Applications must be received at least 30 DAYS prior to the event date and all Block Party Permit Applications must be received at least TWO WEEKS prior to the event date.  The City of Milwaukee Health Department will review the locations of all permit applications to ensure they are not in a "hot zone" - an area with a large concentration of people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

On-Line Special Event Permit Application  

"Special event" means any planned extraordinary, temporary use of the public right of way or public premises of 25 people or more including but not limited to parades, processions, demonstrations, bicycle or foot races, and festivals.

Applications should be submitted 30 days prior to the event (90 days prior to Downtown events).  This will allow enough time for the review and approval process by the District Alderperson, Department of Public Works, and the Milwaukee Police Department.

The "Neighborhood Approval Petition" must be signed by property owners or their representatives who will be directly impacted by the event and uploaded for submission with the Special Event Permit Application.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Public Works Special Event Permit Office at (414) 286-3329.

Permit Applicant Information

First name:       Last name:  

Organization/business name:  


City:       State:    Zip Code:  

Email address:  

Phone number:      Fax number:  

Event Information

Event name:  

Type of event:       Estimated number of participants:  

If other, please describe:  
                                                                (family reunion, birthday party, etc.)
Date of event:  

Enter a description of the event:

Street closure is requested:  

If yes, list all requested street closures. (FOR EXAMPLE:  North Water Street from East Kilbourn Avenue to East State Street - or for bicycle races, runs, rides, parades, etc. include a detailed route)

Upload detailed route if necessary: 

If no street closure is requested, describe what portion of the public right-of-way you are requesting to occupy.  (i.e. curb lane on the west side of N Water St between E Juneau Av and E State St, or sidewalk adjacent to the property located at 841 N Broadway, etc.)

Are there parking meters within the permitted area?  

If yes, list the meter numbers:  

  • Time permitted area will be occupied (including setup):  
  • Time permitted area will be vacated (including cleanup):  
  • Event start time:  
  • Event end time:  

Equipment Request

Garbage carts $25 each: 
Location garbage carts should be placed:  

Festival box dumpsters (7'x7'x6'=6 cubic yards):  
1-3 dumpsters = $180
4-6 dumpsters = $360
7-9 dumpsters =$540

Location dumpsters should be placed:  

Upload diagram if necessary:  

Recycling Information

State law and city ordinance (79-35) require all events to recycle the following items: bottles and jars made of glass or plastic (#1 and #2 only- no cups), metal cans, and cardboard. 
Select recycling option:
Describe the recycling plan for this event.

Permit Application Requirements and Additional Information

Applications are to be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event- except Downtown events, which must be submitted at least 90-days prior to the event.  To ensure community support, applicants are required to submit a neighborhood notification and approval petition with each application.  Signatures must be obtained from those who will be directly affected by the event.  

In addition to the petition, flyers which detail the event must be distributed to those living and/or working in the area at least five days prior to the event.  The flyer must include the nature of the event, date, time, and contact information for a representative who can answer questions or concerns relative to the event.  The flyer and a list of recipients must be attached to this application upon submittal.

Proposed routes may be altered at the discretion of the Police Department and the Department of Public Works.  

This permit includes the following provisions to which applicant agrees by signature:

  1. Fees vary with the size and nature of the event and equipment and services requested.  The Police Department determines the classification of events - A, B, C, or D - according to the number of police service hours required.  By ordinance, applicants for Class A, B and C events must furnish with the application fee an original certificate of insurance which provides minimum combined single limits for bodily injury and property damage of $1,000,000, naming the City of Milwaukee as additional insured.  A complete copy of the ordinance is available from the Special Event Permit Office.  Private businesses and non-profit organizations, including churches, are charged event fees.  By ordinance, fees are due within five days after the application has been approved by the Department of Public Works, the Milwaukee Police Department and the local alderperson.  Fees are payable by cash, charge, or a check made payable to “City of Milwaukee.”
  2. The permit holder is responsible for any damage to plantings, grass and irrigation systems on city boulevards and green spaces.  A deposit of $500 for the use of each stretch of boulevard and/or green space is required prior to issuance of the permit.  An additional deposit may be required for trees.  Permit holder is responsible for cleanup of garbage and litter generated by the event.

Other permits which may be necessary for your event include:

  • Noise Variance Permit - issued by the Department of Neighborhood Services for amplified sound in conjunction with an event.  They can be reached at (414) 286-3280.
  • Alcoholic beverages; food; sale of non-food items such as T-shirts; or if you will have carnival rides - contact the City Clerk’s License Division at (414) 286-2238.
  • Permits for tents larger than 600 square feet and having two or more sides, bleachers, non-chemical portable toilets, fireworks, carnival rides and use of LP gas are issued by the Department of City Development.  They can be reached at (414) 286-8211.

Special Event Approval Petition

Upload the completed Special Event Approval Petition here.

Terms of Acceptance and Signature

I, the [applicant, requestor, etc.] for this Special Event Permit Application, warrant the truthfulness of the information provided in this application.  This permit is subject to the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances, the City Charter and all rules and regulations governing street rights-of-way.  The applicant agrees to indemnify and save harmless the City from and against all liabilities, claims, demands, judgments, losses and all suits at law or in equity, cost and expenses, including reasonable attorney fees, for injury or death of any person or loss or damage to the property of any person firm, organization or corporation, including both parties hereto and their employees, arising from the holding of such special event.  The applicant agrees that during the use of the public area, the sponsoring organization will not exclude any person from participation in, deny anyone the benefits of, or otherwise subject anyone to discrimination because of race, color, national origin or handicap.

Electronic Signature:                                                            Date:

 I understand that checking this box constitutes a legal signature confirming that I acknowledge and agree to the above Terms of Acceptance.