Outdoor Special Events

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Outdoor Special Events on Public Property

The Community & Economic Development Department manages outdoor special event consultations, permitting, partnerships, lease agreements, and city service coordination for all event and festival productions on city-owned propertysidewalks, streets, and parks. All outdoor special events on public property require receipt and approval of an application package. Please begin by reviewing the  Outdoor Special Event Guide before completing an application for a permit.

Prospective applicants are now provided access to a working calendar of the year's event projects in planning, including related space alerts, and permitted outdoor public space uses within Asheville City limits. Please note that the working calendar is updated in real-time and includes private events that may not be advertised to the public. For the City's official calendar of confirmed public space events, visit this page.

There are two different options available to complete an application for outdoor special event permit. The online application system is the preferred option for most events, providing several advantages including the ability to save progress and return to continue at a later time, automatic generation of basic emergency action plan and the public notice form, upload option for site plans and insurance certificates, and electronic transmission of amendments as needed. The second option includes several individual pdf/doc forms to be downloaded and manually printed, faxed or emailed once completed. The pdf/doc option is often best for more complex events that would require more than one set of forms to describe varying event components, multiple dates/time frames, or involving a variety of separate locations. 

2020 Process Update Notice: Is your event planned for 2020 or beyond? Inquiries for use outdoor public space in 2020 must begin by completing a Public Space Inquiry Form. Approved inquiries will then receive an invitation to apply. This process update will be outlined in the 2019/2020 edition of the Outdoor Special Event Guide, to be released in July 2019.

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Supplemental Application Forms 

  • Outdoor Special Event Permit Amendment  (only if the Online Application was not used)
  • Commercial Filming Directives
  • Special Event Impact Assessment Worksheet
  • Documentation of Street Closure Notification
  • Emergency Action Plan Template
  • Hydrant Meter Application
  • Sign Permit - Pole Banner Application
  • Fire Performance/Demonstration Permit Application



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    Outdoor Special Events on Private Property

    For special uses held exclusively within indoor or outdoor privately-owned properties, please visit the Development Services Department located in the Public Works Building at 161 South Charlotte Street (828-259-5946) to apply for the appropriate temporary use permits with a residential or commercial permit facilitator.  A Temporary Use Permit Application for an event on private property will most often require:

    1. a site map showing details of proposed temporary uses,
    2. proof of property ownership or lease,
    3. a list of contractors (electrical, tent/inflatable rental services, construction) involved in the event, and
    4. an Emergency Action Plan

    Contact Information

    Click here to schedule an appointment for event consultation, application review and intake.

    Jon Fillman, Outdoor Event Manager
    Phone: (828) 259-5738
    Email: jfillman@ashevillenc.gov

    Angelica Driver, Event Coordinator
    Phone: (828) 259-5844
    Email: adriver@ashevillenc.gov

    Community & Economic Development Department
    Asheville City Hall, 70 Court Plaza, 5th Floor
    Asheville, NC 28801 

    (Mailing Address: PO Box 7148, Asheville, NC, 28802)

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