Special Event Permit Application

The Special Event Application must be submitted at least 60 days before the event, or the application will not be accepted. The permit Fee is $200.

What is a Special Event?

Special Events are gatherings/events that involve a large group of people (compared to the usual occupancy of the site), and

  • Are advertised to the public and do not occur regularly on the site (LOC 20.06.500); or
  • Impact or use City streets (including curb or parking lane), sidewalks, and public rights-of-way; or
  • Use City facilities or property (i.e., city buildings, parks, and parking lots).

Examples:  road race, bike race, walk, parade, festival, market, carnival, and concert.

Permit Application Requirements

Special Events require a permit issued by the City. Additional documents which may also be required:

  • Certificate of Insurance: Is required with any Special Event Permit (minimum $2 million per occurrence & $3 million aggregate).  The Certificate (COI) must be submitted with the online application for approval.
  • Traffic Control Plan
  • County Road Dept. Approval: Using, closing or restricting county road. Lake Oswego Traffic Engineering will notify you if a County Permit is required;
  • ODOT Highway Approval: Using, closing, or restricting State Street / Hwy 43;
  • Park Reservation Form:  Event is to be held at City Park, all park reservation fees apply; Premier Park Application (Foothills, Millennium & Roehr) or Non-Premier Park Application.
  • Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) Permit: If alcohol use is planned for your Special Event, submit OLCC permits to the police department at lopdrecords@ci.oswego.or.us. [The City of Lake Oswego (local government as stated on the application) will process the first portion, provide City signature and then return to you to take the City-approved application to OLCC];
  • Temporary Restaurant License & Food Handler Certificate: For any food service establishment in the street, public right-of-way, and City facility.

Traffic Control Plan

You will need to include a Traffic Control Plan if your Event is to affect public right-of-way with any one of these conditions (Note: Public right-of-way extends beyond the paved or travel surface of a roadway):

  • Restrict or close a roadway (lanes, bike lanes, shoulders, etc.)
  • Restrict or close a sidewalk/pathway
  • Restrict or close a driveway
  • Restrict or close parking spaces
  • Restrict or close a Public Parking Lot
  • Directing traffic with the use of a Certified Flagger, Police Officer or signs
  • Posting of any signs in the right of way

Examples of Traffic Control Plans:

A Traffic Control Plan should site specific map of routes or locations where event will take place:

  • Streets and cross streets with lane configurations
  • Location and placement of all required MUTCD advance warning signs (list type of signs to be used)
  • Location and placement of all certified flaggers
  • Placement of cones and cone tapers
  • Show traffic, pedestrian and bike detours and/or  delays
  • Show affected businesses

Additional Information

After receipt of the Special Event Permit Application, you may be contacted by affected City departments if additional information is needed or to discuss the specific plans to accommodate the Event and its impact upon the public generally.

Any changes to the event must be submitted and approved at least 14 days in advance of the event.

Submission of Application for Permit:  Submit through the online form (find under Related links). 


Contact Information

Jean Ostrander
Parks & Field Reservation Coordinator

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