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Event Permits

Information about obtaining a City of Albuquerque event permit.

In an effort to ensure safe events during this time, the City of Albuquerque is following the Red to Green framework provided by the Governor’s Office.  

The COVID-19 Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers provides requirements that must be followed for each of these events. Applicants must submit a Social Distancing Agreement Plan as part of the permit application to show how the event is following State guidelines. Event organizers found in violation of COVID-19 Safe Practices stipulated in the agreement, may impact current and future agreements and permits. 

Public Health Orders - Updated: June 2, 2021

Current State of New Mexico COVID-19 Safe Practices

Special Event Permitting: Now Online

Follow these steps to start your application:

  • Create an account using your email address
  • Create a Special Event Permit Application
  • Provide information about your organization, answer questions pertaining to your event details (Road closures, site plan and more)
  • Upload or provide information on event details
  • Submit your permit and it will be routed to the appropriate departments for questions or approvals 
  • Learn more about the Free Expression and Parades Ordinance

Apply For a Special Event Permit

Special events require advanced approval and permits from the City of Albuquerque. We are happy to help guide you through the Event Permitting Process.

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.

Block Party Permit Applications

Block parties may not require a Special Event Permit. For more information and an application visit the Department of Municipal Development website. 

Demonstrations & Protests

Persons engaging in public demonstrations for the sole purpose of public issue speech protected under the First Amendment are not required to obtain a permit. If a person holds a public demonstration and wants to close streets or place temporary structures in a location, a permit may be required. Please read the full ordinance here

For any further questions, please contact the special event permitting office at 505-768-3546 or [email protected].