Special Event Permits

Special Event Permits

The Special Events Committee (SEC) permits special events for the City of Charleston. The permitting process ensures the production of safe, enjoyable, and successful events for participants, spectators, and the community!

The Special Events Manager is here to help guide applicants through the permitting process and regulations to consider when planning a special event. The Special Events Manager is the liaison between you and the Special Events Committee to ensure that all events function safely and responsibly.

Please contact us if you have questions or want to start the Special Event Permit application process! We encourage checking the availability of the location, date, and feasibility of the proposed event before applying.

A Special Event means a pre-planned activity sponsored by an individual, group, organization or entity proposed to be held on public property, including public streets, sidewalks, trails, facilities, parks, or other property owned or managed by the city, which would significantly impact either public property and/or normal vehicular and pedestrian traffic requiring the use of city services.

Examples of Special Events include but are not limited to the following: A parade, festival, foot race, bike or wheeled race, celebration, amusement event, cultural recognition, sporting event, First Amendment demonstration referred by the police department, competition, commercial movie or television production, photography shoot, commercial for-profit event, charitable cause, or other similar activity.

The application process begins when fully executed applications are received and the non-refundable permit fee is paid. Applications are due 60-120 days prior to the date of the special event, depending on the scope and complexity of the proposed event. 

Review the Special Events Permit Application Process.

At this time, we are not taking applications for new road races on the peninsula (unless at Hampton Park). Please reach out to the Special Events Manager for alternative locations and more information.

Please contact Katie Giani at gianik@charleston-sc.gov or at 843-805-3225 for additional information. 

Park Permits If you are looking to host a birthday party, wedding/elopement, or reserve a Recreation facility or Park, contact the Recreation Department for more information (843)724-7327 or click here. A special event may not include a private event at a city park, playground, or recreation facility where no alcohol is served; however, such an event may require a park permit.

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  1. Katie Giani

    Special Events Manager

Sustainable Events Guide

learn how to make your event sustainable by consulting the Sustainable Events Guide. Screenshot 2023-10-23 15223200 Opens in new windowEvery event hosted within the City of Charleston is expected to be sustainable and follow the single-use plastic regulations.

Discover how by consulting our Sustainable Event Guide!

Helpful Links

Permit Application
Submit the special event permit application.

Code of Ordinance 
Read through our local special events ordinance.

Special Event Calendar
View the special event calendar. This calendar displays current permitted special events.