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A permit is required on private and public property if any of the following apply to your event:
A permit is required when your event is located at a park or public recreation area and any of the following criteria applies to your event:
Call or visit the Special Events Coordination Office at:Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism1224 Progressive DriveChesapeake, VA 23320Phone: 757-382-6411Fax: 757-277-9365Email the Special Events Coordination Office
Or download the Special Event Permit Application (PDF). For more information, download the Special Event Guidebook (PDF).
Before an Outdoor Special Event Permit is issued, the below non-refundable administrative fees are required:
Complete and return the City of Chesapeake Outdoor Event Permit Application (PDF) according to the following schedule:
The application will be distributed to all City departments and public agencies affected by your event, which may also need to issue additional permits. Each department or agency will review the Permit Application only if all forms are completed and all necessary information and supporting documents are included. You will be contacted individually by these departments or agencies only if they have specific questions or concerns about your event. Please be aware that in some cases you may have to contact federal, state or local agencies in addition to the City of Chesapeake.
Event Coordination staff shall act upon the Outdoor Special Event Permit Application required by this policy within 15 business days of all requirements being fulfilled, notifying the applicant of the decision. If the application is denied, the reasons shall be set forth in writing, and staff will make every effort to work collaboratively with the applicant to determine alternate conditions which meet the requirements dictated by reviewing departments.
The City of Chesapeake maintains a list of special event permits for upcoming events. A copy of this calendar is posted online.
Events may be submitted to the calendar. Please note the Web Calendar Guidelines listed prior to submission.
Please Note: This calendar contains only those events submitted to the City of Chesapeake. This calendar is not a complete list of every event in Chesapeake and is subject to change.
The company or individual is responsible for acquiring and setting up the necessary barricades in accordance with guidelines provided by the Public Works Department. You may find barricade companies by looking in the yellow pages under the subject Barricades.
Alcohol consumption is generally not permitted on any property owned by the City of Chesapeake.
Alcohol is not permitted at any City of Chesapeake park or recreational facility other than those listed in City of Chesapeake Code 50-20. Alcohol consumption at portions of Chesapeake City Park, Battlefield Park, Elizabeth River Park, Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake Arboretum, Judge Eileen A. Olds Courtyard Park and The Portlock at South Norfolk may be approved for some festivals, large special events, and large corporate events as permitted by the City and pursuant to regulations established in the Alcohol Request Guidelines and Procedures (PDF).