Outdoor Special Events
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 property, sidewalks, 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
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.
Supplemental Application Forms
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:
- a site map showing details of proposed temporary uses,
- proof of property ownership or lease,
- a list of contractors (electrical, tent/inflatable rental services, construction) involved in the event, and
- an Emergency Action Plan.
Click here to schedule an appointment for event consultation, application review
Jon Fillman, Outdoor Event Manager
Phone: (828) 259-5738
Angelica Driver, Event Coordinator
Phone: (828) 259-5844
Community & Economic Development Department
Asheville City Hall, 70 Court Plaza, 5th Floor
Asheville, NC 28801
(Mailing Address: PO Box 7148, Asheville, NC, 28802)