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Special Events UPDATE - Our department is currently not issuing Special Event Permits due to COVID-19. We hope that we will be able to resume Special Event Permitting soon. Thank you for your understanding.

The City of Lincoln is proud to have its residents and visitors host a variety of special events in order to enhance the lives of the community and contribute to the economic vitality of the City. We are proud to put our community and its amenities on display for all to enjoy and visit.

The following include the City of Lincoln Special Events Permit Application and instructions to help guide you through the permit process. It is our goal to assist event organizers in planning safe and successful events that create a minimal impact on the community and residents surrounding the events. In order to plan a safe and successful event while remaining mindful of the needs of the surrounding community, there are various departments within the City of Lincoln that review all Special Event Permit Applications.

A Special Event permit is required for any organized activity or event, whether organized by a nonprofit entity, private enterprise, individual, or other, which involves the use of, or will have an impact upon, public property, public facilities, sidewalks, or city streets. It is our goal to assist event organizers in planning a safe and successful event that will create a minimal impact upon the community or neighborhoods surrounding the event. On behalf of the City of Lincoln, we appreciate your interest in conducting a special event here and thereby adding to our sense of community!

Before completing the application, please take time to review the application and requirements. From time of application submittal to final approval and issuance of a permit the process takes approximately 6-12 weeks. Starting in 2020 Please allow a minimum of 120 days to process a Special Event Permit.

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Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding the Special Event Process, 916-434-3220


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