Permits & Applications

General Policy Statement


Special events, of all kinds, can contribute many social, cultural and financial benefits to a community. In recognition of these benefits, it is the policy of the City of Aurora to encourage events which:
  • Add to the quality of life for our residents
  • Present a positive image for the City
  • Promote tourism and attract visitors
  • Revitalize downtown and neighborhoods
  • Showcase local talent
  • Target cross-cultural communication
The City of Aurora has established policies and procedures that will allow for the advanced planning and management of personnel, financial resources, and public properties under its control. These policies and procedures will provide a system, common information and basic ground rules, which allow the City and Special Event Sponsors to achieve their mutual goals.

Special Event Planning Guide, Permit Application and Emergency Action Plan

Before submitting your Special Event Permit Application, please take a moment to review the Special Event Planning Guide.

City of Aurora Special Event Planning Guide

Special Event Permit Application

Special Event Permit applicants are required to complete and upload the Special Event Emergency Action Plan (EAP) to their permit application. The Emergency Action Plan can be found in the link below:

Special Event Emergency Action Plan

Application Deadlines

City of Aurora Special Event Permit Applications MUST be submitted at least 90 days prior to any event date. Failure to do so may result in late fees and application may be denied.

Application Fees

A non-refundable application fee of $25.00 will be invoiced following the submission and initial review of the application.

Compensation for City Staffing

Depending on the size and type of event, the City may require personnel including Police Department and/or Fire Department staff to work the event. The cost of all City personnel involved during the day(s) of the event will be charged back to the organizing agency. The Aurora Police Department, as well as the City of Aurora, has the authority to adjust the scale of certain aspects of your event in order to provide a safe and secure environment. The event organizer will be notified of approximate costs in advance and a twenty-five percent (25%) deposit is required at least ten (10) days prior to the event. An invoice for the remaining balance will be transmitted to the organizing agency within thirty to forty-five (30-45) working days after the completion of the event. For a chart of costs, see the Planning Guide.

Note: The City of Aurora does not provide amenities such as portable restrooms, sound systems, radios, tables, chairs, tents, or other equipment.