City Introduces New Special Event Permit Process

Effective October 1st, 2017

Post Date:09/29/2017

Effective October 1, 2017, the City of Grand Prairie under the Office of Emergency Management, will implement a new electronic special events permit process that will help increase efficiency and reliability.

Applicants will now be able to visit and submit their application online at least 30 days before the scheduled event. Within the new online application, applicants can upload site plans and helpful information related to their event. In addition, the city can guide the applicant on permit fees and any applicable costs associated with their event.

The City will require a special event permit for any gathering activity or location used outside of a normal day-to-day operation with an estimated peak attendance of 75 or more persons utilizing any of the following on City or public property:

  • Use of sound amplification
  • Street, public right of way,  or sidewalk closure or blocking is required (other than for a block party)
  • Traffic control is required
  • Use of a tent larger than 400 square feet
  • Temporary structures will be constructed (i.e. stage, bands shell, portable toilets, etc.)
  • Sale or consumption of alcohol
  • Sale of food or beverage

Several events will be exempt from the process including: First Amendment Events, funeral processions, National Night Out, City-sponsored events, Government Agencies and Parks Department events operating within scope of business, as well as City-owned venues within normal scope of business operations.

For more information about the new Special Event Permit process, visit or call 972-237-8333. 

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