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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 all guidelines provided by the Governor’s Office. Currently, the Governor’s Public Health Order restricts mass gatherings. As such, the only events that will be permitted as this time include:

  • Drive-in Events
  • Farmer's/Grower’s Markets
  • Drive-through/Curbside Events
  • Street Eateries 

The COVID-19 Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers provides requirements that must be followed for each of these events. Applicants must submit a proposal on how their event will follow these guidelines before their event receives approval and a Social Distancing Event Agreement and Permit. Event organizers found in violation of COVID-19 Safe Practices stipulated in the agreement, may impact current and future agreements and permits.
Current State of New Mexico COVID-19 Safe Practices.

Social Distancing Event Agreement and Permit

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

Apply For a Special Event Permit

In accordance to State of New Mexico health orders, Special Event Permits are not being issued for mass gatherings until further notice.

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.

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. (See Ordinance). To get more information on organizing a protest or demonstration, please visit Office of Equity & Inclusion

How do I know if I need a Special Event Permit?

Special Event Permits are designed to be obtained when a more complex event takes place.

Of the questions below, if you answer yes to three or more questions, you need a Special Event Permit:

  • Will there be more than one food truck onsite?
  • Will there be food (prepared onsite) served or sold at the event?
  • Will there be tents or canopies at the event for the general public?
  • Will the event take place on a bike trail or open space?
  • Will the event take place in a city park?
  • Will there be goods sold onsite during your event?
  • Will there be amplified sound at your event?
  • Will there be closures or barricading of any streets? Will the event otherwise impact traffic? (If yes, this question counts as 3)

Still not sure? Contact the special event permitting office at (505) 768-3580 or [email protected].