PLANNING AN EVENT IN THE CITY OF FRESNO
The City of Fresno is proud to have its residents and visitors host a multitude of community events that enhance the quality of life and contribute to the economic vitality of the City.
Permits may be required for an event that incorporates the use of:
- City public streets, sidewalks, rights-of-way; and/or
- City public parks or other City public property; and/or
- Outdoor private property including parking lots
- An event that is open to the public
In more general terms, permits are required if your event includes the closure of streets, sidewalks, alleys or other public spaces for any period of time. Examples of activities that require additional permits include festivals, parades, runs, walks, and farmers markets.
Permits are not required for the following (FMC 14-2404):
- Parades, marches, walks, demonstrations and gatherings that take place on city sidewalks/crosswalks and other public property made available for Expressive Activity such as City Hall Grounds, where all participants fully comply with all laws. If the organizer becomes aware the number of participants will exceed 50, s/he shall provide notice to the Chief of Police at least 48 hours in advance of the activity, or as soon as s/he becomes aware the event may exceed 50 people. Activities otherwise exempt from a permit may be terminated and participants ordered to disperse by the Police if, after warning the participants and providing an opportunity to comply, participants are not in compliance with the provisions of this paragraph.
- Spontaneous events which are prompted by news or events occurring less than 48 hours prior to the event may be conducted on public grounds of City Hall. If practicable, the organizer should give notice to the City Manager at least eight hours before the event informing the city of the date and time of the event, and the estimated number of participants.
Designated parade routes. There are often time and cost savings associated with using a designated route. Designated routes specify the number of officers assigned for police and traffic control, and the cost associated therewith.