Special Event Permitting Resources

Special Event Permitting Resources

Road Closures City Park, Bike Trail or Open Space Food Trucks Food Serving Alcohol Information

Amplified Sound Commerce & Business Tents & Canopies Carnival Rides & Bounce Houses

Solid Waste Site Plan Public Notification Fire Marshal's Office Insurance

Road Closures

When closing/ blocking a road, sidewalk or parking lot you will need to obtain a Barricade Permit. This permit will require a Traffic Control Plan (TCP) and insurance listing the city as additionally insured. 

If you plan on hosting a run or walk while having road closures, the above applies as well as the need to supply a route map depicting the route your attendees will take.

Barricade Companies for Traffic Control Plans:

As part of any road closures that will need traffic direction/ control you may be required to hire the Albuquerque Police Department to assist. Fees for Chief's Overtime range from $57-$72 per officer/ per hour with a two hour minimum. All Chief's Overtime fees will be assessed following the event based on actual hours used. For more information, contact Naomi Sanchez at [email protected]

City Park, Bike Trail or Open Space

City parks have a variety of parks available for event rentals. The use of parks for special events must be approved through the appropriate division. Please review the rules and restrictions regarding park use.

Fees for park use vary based on the park and type of activity:

  • Jumper Fee - $35/ Jumper (at select parks)
  • Electricity Fee - $65 first 2 hours/ $32 each additional hour
  • Open Space - $200 refundable deposit
  • Balloon Fiesta Park - Fees range based on areas of park used, starting at $250 per day
  • Open Space - Fees range based on amount of people and park location, starting at $50

More Information

Food Trucks

For events that will have two or more food trucks, each food truck owner/ operator must fill out and submit a Mobile Food Unit Certification confirming they have:

  • City of Albuquerque (COA) Business Registration
  • City of Albuquerque (COA) FMO Mechanical Permit
  • Environment health Department Permit from Albuquerque, NM State or County
  • Commissary Agreements

Food Service

If you plan to sell, serve and/or prepare food onsite you will need to obtain a Temporary Food Permit  or a Temporary Retail Food Permit from the Department of Environmental Health. The permit application must be turned in to the Department of Environmental Health, located at 1 Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Alcohol Information

The acquisition of a permit is required in order to serve or sell alcohol. This permit is approved through the state Department of Alcohol Beverage Control with additional requirements from the City of Albuquerque. Prior to submitting your permit for alcohol, you will need to obtain an approved Outdoor Assembly Permit from the Department of Fire and Rescue

Amplified Sound

If your event will include amplified sound, such as a portable audio system, music or other activities, you might require a temporary noise permit. Temporary noise permits are free. More Information

Commerce and Business

All vendors selling product(s) must have a current business registration to do business in the city limits. To obtain, renew or update a Business Registration, annually or temporary, click here.

Fee for a business registration is $35. 

Tents and Canopies

If you plan to have tents that are more than 400 square feet, you will need a Tent Permit from the Fire Marshal's Office and a Tent Permit from the zoning department. 

Tent permit and inspection fees vary depending on the total square footage of your tent footprint.

  • Zoning Tent Permit (For footprints larger than 400 square feet): $85
  • Fire Marshal's Office - Overtime Inspection Fee: $221
  • Fire Marshal's Office - Fees range from $100 - $300 depending on tent square footage

Carnival Rides, Bounce Houses and Inflatables

All Carnival Ride, Bounce House or Inflatable vendors are required to carry a 3 million dollar carnival insurance policy that names the City of Albuquerque as additionally insured. Vendors are also required to have current registration with the State of New Mexico's Regulation and Licensing Department.

Solid Waste/ Trash

The City of Albuquerque Solid Waste Department provides multiple services for special events:

  • Cardboard Recycling Bins 
  • Glass Recycling Open Tops
  • Open Top Trash Bin (Roll Off)

Fees for the Solid Waste Departments services range depending on your events needs. For more information, contact them at (505) 761-8100.

Site Plan

Detailed, professionally done site plans are required for all events (no hand drawn plans). There are a number of minimum requirements all site plans must have.

Public Notification

If your event will be impacting any nearby Neighborhood Associations/ Home Owners Associations, you will need to notify them no later than ten (10) days prior to the event.

Please reach out to the Office of Neighborhood Coordination for more information:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (505) 924-3902

Fire Marshal's Office

In addition to any tent permit or outdoor assembly permits a special event may need, if you plan to roast chile, have open flame or fireworks/ pyrotechnics additional permits need to be obtained.

Fees for these permits range from $30 - $100. Contact Albuquerque Fire Rescue for more information.

Insurance Information

Insurance Example

Commercial General Liability Including Automobile. A commercial general liability insurance policy (COI) with combined limits of liability for bodily injury or property damage as follows: (requirements are shown as listed on a standard form certificate of insurance)

  • $2,000,000 per Occurrence

  • $2,000,000 Policy Aggregate

  • $1,000,000 Products Liability/Completed Operations

  • $1,000,000 Personal and Advertising Injury

  • $ 5,000 Medical Payments

  • The CGL insurance policy must include coverage for all

The policy of insurance must include coverage for all operations performed by the User and Sub users, and contractual liability coverage will specifically insure the hold harmless provisions of this Agreement.

THE “CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE” WILL BE NAMED AN “ADDITIONAL INSURED” and the coverage afforded will be primary with respect to operations performed. The ADDL INSR box must have an “X” and the second page that shows and ties the endorsement must be attached.

Showing the City as a certificate holder is not the same as naming the City as an additional insured and is not an acceptable substitute. Please show the City as one of the certificate holders, so the city will be notified if coverage is cancelled.

Please list the “CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE as ADDITIONAL INSURED” in the “DESCRIPTION of OPERATIONS” box, even if the COI is a Blanket type coverage.

Use the following as the address for the certificate holder.
City of Albuquerque
400 Marquette Ave. (Suite 605)
NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

If equivalent coverage is provided and the form is approved by the City, the user may provide a general liability policy in a form different from that described above.