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Special Event Permits

Information about obtaining a City of Albuquerque event permit.

Special Event Permitting 

A Special Event Permit is required for outdoor events that impact three or more City departments. 

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. Read the full ordinance

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