Special Events Permits

A special event permit is required  when a business, organization, or individual is scheduling an event that will be taking place on City property or public right-of-way.  A special event permit is also required if an event is scheduled on private property where the public is invited and the event will significantly impact public health or safety or the peace and quiet of a neighborhood due to the number of persons attending the event, use of outdoor music or amplified noise, and effect on traffic and parking.
Application Process
The special event information packet, application and instructions, can be obtained from the City Clerk's Office or by clicking on the links below. The application must be completed and submitted to the City Clerk's Office (whether online or in person) sixty days prior to the event.

There is a $50 processing fee for all permit requests. If an application is submitted within 30 days or less of the event, the fee will double to $100. Any special event with food and/or beverage sales must provide a $300 refundable deposit.  All other events must provide a $50 refundable deposit.
Applicants MUST read and understand the Special Event Permit Application Booklet before applying for the permit. 

Click on the image below to access the booklet.

Special Events Booklet
Items you'll need BEFORE submitting your application online:
*not necessary before submitting the online application, but necessary before the permit is issued.
The following links contain information to aid event organizers in providing an accessible, safe and sustainable event :

Alcohol Management for Fairs and Festivals
ID-E-03 Portable Age Verification ID Scanner
Alcohol and Drug Training Information
Special Event Recycling Units
Zero Waste Event Planner
Tips for Hosting Accessible Events Brochure

Feel free to choose one of these commonly used site maps when filling out the site plan portion of the application:

Alliant Amphitheater
AY McDonald Park
Comiskey Park
Eagle Point Park
Jackson Park
Lower Main St.
McGraw Hill Parking Lot
Port of Dubuque
Town Clock Plaza
Washington Park
Submit an Online Application