Special Event Packet FAQs
What are Special Events and how are they regulated?
Special events are defined and regulated by the Scottsdale Zoning Ordinance (see Zoning Ordinance Section 3.100 for definitions and Section 7.900 – 7.930 for special event regulations). Generally, special events are temporary outdoor uses, which extend beyond the normal uses, and standards allowed by the Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Ordinance contains regulations limiting the duration and frequency of special events. Special regulations apply to specific types of events, which may be restricted to certain zoning districts. Special events require permit(s), which are reviewed and approved by the Special Events Committee. Applicants are required to apply for their Special Event permit at least 30 days prior to their event, although it is recommended that applicants apply 60 or more days in advance.
How do I apply for a Special Event permit?
The first step in the process is to speak with Permit Services staff by calling the One Stop Shop at 480-312-2500. Staff will set up the pre-application meeting which will help you complete your application form and better understand the requirements. The Special Events User’s Guide and application form are included in this website. Please feel free to print these documents for your use, and call staff with any questions. They will be happy to assist you through the process.
Who reviews special event applications?
The Special Events Committee reviews and approves Special Event permits. The Committee’s goal is to permit events which are safe and do not adversely impact area residents and businesses. The Committee meets weekly, and contains staff representatives from various departments including Police, Fire, and Traffic Engineering.
Who can I contact in the City with questions and/or comments?
Please contact Plan Review and Permit Services staff for assistance:
|Cheryl Sumners |
Special Event Committee Chair