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Special Event Permits

Food Trucks lined along street with families walking along sidewalk

A Special Event requiring the use of public property within the city limits of Lakeland requires a permit. A special event is a planned activity by a group on city property such as a block party, parade, race, festival, etc.

Obtain a Permit

You will be required to:

  • You may need to obtain additional authorization for your Special Event from the City of Lakeland, City Hall.
  • Provide proof of insurance coverage for your Special Event
  • In some cases, contract to employ LPD police personnel for "extra-duty detail" work*

 Important Info

  • The completed application MUST BE RETURNED NO LATER THAN 30 BUSINESS DAYS preceding the event. There are to be no exceptions.
  • Street Closure requests must be submitted at least (2) weeks prior to the event date.
  • ALL pages of the application must be completed.
  • You may return the application in person or by mail.
  • *If hiring police personnel, please ensure the application is notarized prior to returning it.

Download the Application Package

Downtown event planners: if you are closing roads, we suggest you provide the affected business with this Special Event - Leave-Behind for Businesses-Residences.

For events that will need Police Assistance, please fill out the Extra Duty Detail Agreement in addition to the Special Event Permit Application. 


We are now accepting all Special Event Permit Applications at the Parks & Recreation Rental Office at the Lake Mirror Complex.

Lake Mirror Complex
121 S. Lake Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801

Ph: 863.834.2280

or E-mail the application as an attachment to kimberly.stopiak@lakelandgov.net.

Contact Info

For additional information, please call 863.834.2280.