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Department of Livability & Tourism
75 Calhoun Street, Suite 3400 843-805-3225 www.charleston-sc.gov
Please take a few minutes to review the application before beginning to be sure that you have all of the required information. If you create an account (located on the top right of this page), you will be able to save any incomplete applications and come back to them at a later time.
Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.
The Special Events Manual provides additional information that that may help in completing the application.
Many of the forms and templates needed to complete the application are available as links throughout this application. A detailed event schedule and site plan are required for all events. Other documents that may be required include: Parking Map, Street Blocking Permit, Food and Retail Vendor List, ABL License, Liquor Liability Insurance,
Certificate of Insurance, and Neighborhood Notification.
Please select the location of your event. If the location is not listed please select other and you will be given a box to type the location.
If other was selected, please type the event location. ex. Street name for race, walk, parade, block party. Address for private property or other public space not listed.
Please provide a brief description and purpose of the event.
Please indicate the number of anticipated participants in the event.
Please indicate the number of anticipated spectators to this event.
Please indicate the number of anticipated volunteers for this event.
Please select all that apply
Please indicate the start time and date and ending time and date of the event.
Please provide a detailed schedule of the proposed event to include dates and times and note the individual responsible for each activity. If needed, a schedule template is provided below. If your event is longer than one day, you will need to provide a detailed schedule for each day.
Will your event require extra days for setup and breakdown? If so, please select setup and/or breakdown to add the days and times.
Please upload your site plan here. On your site plan please note the location of entrances and exits, retail, food and alcoholic beverage vendors, controlled alcohol consumption areas, tents, stages, bleachers, amplified sound, signs or banners, portable restrooms, electric and water hookups, first aid stations, fire extinguishers, garbage and recycling receptacles, barricades, hazardous materials, fire hydrants, exhibits, and security. If you need assistance or have questions about the site plan, please contact our office. Click below to find a sample site plan.
Please explain in detail parking arrangements for the event. Be sure to list parking garages, lots by name and location.
Please indicate how you plan to address parking and transportation options for the event.
Please provide a detailed explanation of how you are addressing parking and transportation options as indicated above.
Please provide details of the event's parking and exit plan. Upload a map showing the location of parking for the event to include all entrances and exits.
Please complete the Street Blocking Permit request and submit it to the Department of Traffic and Transportation.
If yes, the applicant must provide a signed letter of notification to all impacted parties before the special event permit will be issued.
Please upload a map showing details of any traffic control needs and route if the event is a parade, run, walk or march. Be sure to include the direction of travel and the start and end points. Provide proposed locations for barricades, signs, meter bags, volunteers, and police.
Please note that permits are required for some tents/canopies based on size and configuration. Call the City of Charleston Fire Marshal Division for information 843-724-3429.
Please note that permits may be required for stages and bleachers. Call the City of Charleston Building Inspections Division for information 843-973-7257.
Number, Type, Size, Square Footage and Location
Number, Size, Location and Material
Please upload a list of vendors. All vendors must have a City of Charleston Business License.
If any vendors are not located in the City of Charleston, they are still required to obtain a business license. The application can be found here. Please call the City's office of Revenue Collections with any questions 843-724-3711.
Please upload your Liquor Legal Liability Insurance. List the City of Charleston as additional insured. All alcohol ticket sales must end 40 minutes prior to the event ending time and alcohol service must end 20 minutes prior to the event ending time.
The temporary license can be requested through the South Carolina Department of Revnue's Alcoholic Licensing Beverage Division.
Please list the designated areas where alcohol will be served and consumed. Be sure to include this information on the event site plan.
Please indicate the start and end time for alcohol service.
Please note that all alcohol ticket sales must end 40 minutes prior to the Special Event ending time and alcohol service must end 20 minutes prior to the Special Event ending time.
Please describe type of amplified sound or music including start and finish times. Amplified sound and/or music is restricted to 65 dBA on all City of Charleston property.
Amplified sound and/or music must stop at 11pm. Amplified sound and/or music is prohibited in Hampton Park, Waterfront Park and White Point Garden.
Please provide total number of portable restroom facilities and number of ADA accessible facilities.
Explain your detailed trash/recycling and cleanup plan for the event. Note that all trash must be removed from the event space by the organizer.
Beginning January 1, 2020, operations (including vendors) throughout Charleston city limits will be required to eliminate use of single-use plastic carryout and merchandise bags, as well as certain plastic carryout and food packaging items, such as foam containers and plastic straws and stirrers. The regulations apply to all events in City limits, on both public and private property. Please visit the City's Sustainability page to learn more about this ordinance.
Each event will be reviewed for safety and security concerns and will be required to provide adequate security and/or safety personnel as directed by the City of Charleston Police and Fire Departments. Please review the Special Events Manual for more information.
Each Special Event is required to submit 24 hour emergency contact information for the event.
If the event will have fireworks or any material that is flammable or hazardous, please describe the material, size/amount and usage.
Will first aid staffing/equipment be provided during the Special Event?
Please review the insurance requirements detailed in the Special Events Manual and upload the Certificate of Insurance here.
Please upload the required Neighborhood Notification.
The City of Charleston cannot guarantee that an event may be rescheduled once cancelled for any reason.
The Applicant hereby shall assume all risks incident to or in connection with the Special Event Permit and shall be solely responsible for damage or injury, of whatever kind or nature, to person or property, directly or indirectly arising out of or in connection with the Special Event Permit. Applicant hereby expressly agrees to defend and safe the City and The Washington Light Infantry and Sumter Guards Board of Offices (where applicable to Marion Square permitting) harmless from any penalties for violation of law, ordinance, or regulation affecting its activity and from any and all claims, suits, losses, damages, judgments, or injuries directly or indirectly arising out of or in connection with the Special Event Permit or resulting from the negligence or intentional act or omission of Applicant and/or its officers, agents, and employees.
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