Special Events More Than 50 People

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​Page last updated on June 25, 2021

As of June 25, 2021 this page is archived for historical purposes only. Groups DO NOT have to submit applications or apply for permission from the City of Phoenix for group events.





See the Governor's announcement: As Arizona Hits 3 Million Vaccine Doses Administered, Governor Ducey Announces New Phase Of COVID-19 Mitigation

Read Executive Order 2021-06 (PDF)


Background

In response to the pandemic, organized public events at or on City of Phoenix properties of more than 50 people are prohibited unless the city of Phoenix has determined that adequate safety precautions which are consistent with the guidance issued by both the CDC and ADHS for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 are documented as part of the request. Prior to approval by the city of Phoenix, the organizer shall commit to implementation and enforcement by event organizers. Additionally, if the event is approved, the city shall dedicate reasonably adequate resources to enforcing mitigation measures that the organizer has agreed to implement during the organized public event and any public health requirements currently applicable in the jurisdiction. The city may deny a request for an organized public event due to public health concerns related to COVID-19. Any approval may be subject to certain conditions or restrictions not inconsistent with this or any other executive order. Nothing shall inhibit a person from engaging in constitutionally protected activities such as speech and religion, and any legal or court process provided that such is conducted in a manner that provides appropriate physical distancing to the extent feasible. 

Update: Private events, events not open to the public or not hosted at or on City of Phoenix properties which are instead hosted on private property do not require the city's approval no matter how large they are unless a liquor license is required or some other city permit.

On this page you may download a PDF application to submit to the City of Phoenix to get approval to hold a special event for more than 50 people.

Please note: All events at or on City of Phoenix properties requiring an operating permit shall first complete and submit this pre-application regarding the event’s COVID-19 practices and procedures. This application is intended to provide insight into the event, and it’s planned operations, procedures and considerations for the response to COVID-19. The provided information will be used in the review and evaluation process. This application does not replace any other event permit application required by any other agency/department. If this application is approved the event must still submit for and obtain all necessary event permits and licenses. This application provides no guarantee the event can be held. Masks are still required at these events.​

Also note that approval does not mean guests, or staff, are not at risk from the COVID-19 pandemic. No pathway can establish with 100% certainty that no one will contract the virus.  Additionally, the City of Phoenix accepts no liability, and offers no indemnification, for anyone electing to attend the planned event.

Reference Information: COVID-19 Recommendations for Private Events (PDF)

Special Event Application Process (For Events at or on City of Phoenix Properties)

30 days before your event
In order to allow ample time to review your proposed event plan, all required documents for your application must be submitted in complete and final form. Please include detailed event space diagrams to facilitate the review process. This includes any supplemental applications such as Liquor Licenses, traffic operation plans, parade/race routes, special use permit applications, and attachments as outlined on the application. 

10 business days for each round of plan review 
City staff will review your application and site plan for compliance with applicable codes, laws and CDC regulations and provide a written response within 5 business days. The Special Event Committee meets once a week on Mondays. Applications will not be approved at the meeting. It is important to note that most plans will not be perfect the first time so in order to ensure your event is approved in time, it is critical that you submit early.

Approved Special Events

Fine Arts Expo. January 15, 2021 (PDF)
Candlelight Open Air, February 3-March 3, 2021 (PDF)
Candlelight Open Air, February 3-June 19, 2021, Extension (PDF)
Runner's Den Pancake Run. February 7, 2021 (PDF) Event Cancelled
Arizona Arias, February 16-21, 2021 (PDF)​
Pickleball Tournament, Feb. 16-21, 2021 (PDF)​​
Camelback Spring Training, February 2021 (PDF)
Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training, February 2021 (PDF)​
M3F Fest. March 5-6, 2021 (PDF) Event Cancelled
ASU Sun Devil Baseball Games, beginning March 5 (PDF)
Midtown Sunday of Central Avenue, March 14, 2021 (PDF)
Desert Botanical Garden Plant Sale, March 18-28, 2021 (PDF)​​
IGNiGHT, March 19-21, 2021 (PDF)​​
Phoenix Psychic Fair, March 21, 2021 (PDF)​​
COP Fire Captain Exam, March 24, 2021 (PDF)​​
Lake Management Symposium, March 25, 2021 (PDF)
Outdoor Family Movie Night, March 27, 2021 (PDF)
Duel in the Desert, April 8-11, 2021 (PDF)​​
Art in the Garden, April 10, 2021 (PDF)​​
Neighborhood Outreach Enrollment Event, April 17, 2021 (PDF)​​
Taste of St. Mary's Event, April 17, 2021 (PDF)​​
Applause! Gala, April 17, 2021 (PDF)​​
Exotic Bird Show, April 18, 2021 (PDF)
Cinco De Mayo Vaccination, May 5, 2021 (PDF)
Taco & Margarita Street Festival, May 8-9, 2021 (PDF)​​
South Pointe High School Commencement, May 19, 2021 (PDF)
ATA Martial Arts Tournament, May 29, 2021 (PDF)
Ballet Arizona at DBG, May 18-June 6 2021 (PDF)​​
AJGA Thunderbird Junior All-Star Event, June 1-5, 2021 (PDF)​​
Valley of the Sun Juneteenth, June 19, 2021​​
National Sheriffs' Association National Conference, June 22-25, 2021 (PDF)​​
Volleyball Festival Championships, June 26, 2021 (PDF)
IDTANA North American Competition, July 5 - 10, 2021 (PDF)​​
PCMA Reception, July 8, 2021 (PDF)
American Legion National Convention, Aug. 21 - Sept. 2, 2021 (PDF)


Not Approved Special Events

Circo Hermanos Caballero Circus, February 11, 2021 (PDF)​​
RCS Fun Carvinal, March 5-14, 2021 (PDF)​​
48 Foundation Unity Event, April 2, 2021 (PDF)​​


Venue Re-Opening Plans

Arizona Opera (PDF)
Ballet Arizona (PDF)
Cactus League Spring Training (PDF) 
Childrens Museum (PDF)
College Basketball Team Capacity (PDF)
Herberger Theater (PDF)
Phoenix-Art-Museum (PDF)   
Phoenix-Suns (PDF)
Phoenix Theatre Company (PDF)

 

See also: 

Phoenix Testing Blitz: Free COVID-19 Testings Events

Face Coverings are Required in Phoenix

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How to Submit an Application for a Special Event for More Than ​50 People (Process Ended)

  1. Download English Application (PDF) to your computer 
    or Spanish Application (PDF)

  2. Fill out the form and SAVE it your computer

  3. Prepare an email to corey.williams@phoenix.gov

  4. Attach the saved Application PDF to the email

  5. Attach any secondary information required to the email

  6. Send the email

For application questions please call (602) 262-6771

Special Event Application Process

30 days before your event
In order to allow ample time to review your proposed event plan, all required documents for your application must be submitted in complete and final form. Please include detailed event space diagrams to facilitate the review process. This includes any supplemental applications such as Liquor Licenses, traffic operation plans, parade/race routes, special use permit applications, and attachments as outlined on the application. 

10 business days for each round of plan review 
City staff will review your application and site plan for compliance with applicable codes, laws and CDC regulations and provide a written response within 5 business days. The Special Event Committee meets once a week on Mondays. Applications will not be approved at the meeting. It is important to note that most plans will not be perfect the first time so in order to ensure your event is approved in time, it is critical that you submit early.

Background

In response to the pandemic, Governor Ducey signed Executive Order 2020-43 (PDF) Slowing the Spread Of COVID-19. Effective June 29, 2020, organized public events of more than 50 people are prohibited unless the city, town, or county in unincorporated areas has approved the event, and only if adequate safety precautions are implemented, including physical distancing measures.

Effective Dec. 3, 2020, Governor Ducey signed Executive Order 2020-59 (PDF) which further clarified public events. This order states:

Organized public events of more than 50 people are prohibited unless the city of Phoenix has determined that adequate safety precautions which are consistent with the guidance issued by both the CDC and ADHS for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 are documented as part of the request. Prior to approval by the city of Phoenix, the organizer shall commit to implementation and enforcement by event organizers. Additionally, if the event is approved, the city shall dedicate reasonably adequate resources to enforcing mitigation measures that the organizer has agreed to implement during the organized public event and any public health requirements currently applicable in the jurisdiction. The city may deny a request for an organized public event due to public health concerns related to COVID-19. Any approval may be subject to certain conditions or restrictions not inconsistent with this or any other executive order. Nothing shall inhibit a person from engaging in constitutionally protected activities such as speech and religion, and any legal or court process provided that such is conducted in a manner that provides appropriate physical distancing to the extent feasible. 

Update: Private events or events not open to the public and hosted on private property no longer require the city's approval no matter how large they are unless a liquor license is required or some other city permit.

On this page you may download a PDF application to submit to the City of Phoenix to get approval to hold a special event for more than 50 people.

Please note: All public events requiring an operating permit shall first complete and submit this pre-application regarding the event’s COVID-19 practices and procedures. This application is intended to provide insight into the event, and it’s planned operations, procedures and considerations for the response to COVID-19. The provided information will be used in the review and evaluation process. This application does not replace any other event permit application required by any other agency/department. If this application is approved the event must still submit for and obtain all necessary event permits and licenses. This application provides no guarantee the event can be held.

Also note that approval does not mean guests, or staff, are not at risk from the COVID-19 pandemic. No pathway can establish with 100% certainty that no one will contract the virus.  Additionally, the City of Phoenix accepts no liability, and offers no indemnification, for anyone electing to attend the planned event.

Reference Information: COVID-19 Recommendations for Private Events (PDF)

 

How to Submit an Application for a Special Event for More Than ​50 People

  1. Download English Application (PDF) to your computer 
    or Spanish Application (PDF)

  2. Fill out the form and SAVE it your computer

  3. Prepare an email to corey.williams@phoenix.gov

  4. Attach the saved Application PDF to the email

  5. Attach any secondary information required to the email

  6. Send the email

For application questions please call (602) 262-6771