City of Albuquerque Special Event Permit Application

Thank you for choosing to hold your event in the City of Albuquerque!

Not all public events require advanced approval and permits from various City of Albuquerque departments, depending on the details of your event. To find out whether you need to complete the Special Event Application, visit our Special Event Permitting Frequently Asked Questions.

Still not sure if your event needs a Special Event Permit? Contact us at 505-768-3580 or specialevents@cabq.gov.

Special Event permits require a 30-day notice for completion of all phases of permitting. Event requests submitted with less than 30 days notice won't be assured a Special Event permit.

Proceed to Event Application

The City of Albuquerque's Event Permitting Process is designed to make recommendations and establish guidelines for events based on city ordinances, requirements and regulations for events hosted by citizens, businesses and organizations. These recommendations and requirements are intended to minimize impact on area residents, businesses and organizations, and ensure the City’s ability to provide emergency services to the public.

A variety of factors determines whether a Special Event Permit is required. These factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Size
  • Location
  • Amplified Sound
  • Food Service
  • Tents
  • Road Closures

Demonstrations & Protests

If a citizen or group intends to organize and stage a protest, they must contact the Cultural Services Department to receive instructions.

A permit may be required. For that to be determined, organizers must contact the Special Events office at 505-768-3580 or specialevents@cabq.gov.

The Special Event Permit Application is not required for the following activities:

  • Weddings, picnics, private parties

For events at a private facility or parking lot, contact the owner of the property. However, if the event will impact public resources such as police, streets or neighborhoods please contact us for assistance.