Scottsdale is an ideal environment to hold a special event due to its inviting weather, abundance of shops and activities, and year-round attractiveness to our many visitors and residents. The City recognizes special events as an important part of Scottsdale’s quality of life and the contribution they make to a sustainable tourism industry.
The Governor’s Executive Order 2021-06 announced changes to COVID-19 mitigation policies, including the end of mask mandates, capacity limits in restaurants and bars, and gatherings of more than 50 people. While this order eliminates the state's previous requirement that city governments must review and approve all events with 50 or more people, Scottsdale's pre-COVID Special Events permitting process still applies for event organizers wanting to hold events in Scottsdale. Private businesses and city of Scottsdale facilities may still require masks and social distancing.
Special Event Guidebook
Most special events represent a major investment of time and money. When well planned and executed, they can bring rewarding dividends to the organizers as well as the City of Scottsdale. Successful events require responsible leadership, careful planning, sensitivity to potential impacts, good organization and follow through, plus the ability to anticipate the unexpected. City staff is available from multiple departments to assist with questions and potential solutions to your specific event planning needs. We encourage you to use the Special Event Guidebook as a resource for planning a safe, successful event, along with important procedural items, policies, and contact information. The guide will aid event producers in planning a special event within the city and includes user friendly visual aids and city requirements.
Application & Permit Process
Fees for Special Events
Fee Schedule (PDF) - effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021
Temporary Fee Schedule (PDF) - effective October 7, 2020 through May 31, 2021
On October 6, 2020, City Council approved temporary fee reductions for special event applications, permits, added a new fee for use of public space (outdoor dining), and suspended enforcement of special event regulations (event criteria, frequency and duration limits) until May 31, 2021. This effort will assist in helping small businesses and promote economic recovery.
There is an application review fee and permit fee to hold a special event. The application review fee is due upon receipt of the completed application in order to begin review. Events that propose to use public property as part of the event footprint are required to pay use fees. Permit and use fees will be collected prior to the event at time of permit issuance (once event has been approved).
Old Town Events
There are event spaces located within Old Town which include the Marshall Way Bridge and Plaza, the Canal Banks area, the Soleri Bridge and Plaza, the Civic Center Plaza, and the Scottsdale Stadium. To inquire about availability, please contact:
Any Old Town events proposed along the canal banks within 65' on either side of the canal require SRP review, approval, and licensing.
Event Funding Programs
To learn more about event funding or the event directional banner program, visit our Tourism & Events webpage.
Special Event Process Resources
- Special Event Online Submittal
- Special Event Application Review Timeframes (PDF)
- Special Event Guidebook (PDF)
Special Event Online Resources
- Search for a Special Event Application
- View Approved Special Event Applications
- View Requested Special Events
Special Event Related Resources
- Grand Opening Applications (PDF)
- Film Permits
- Hiring Officers for a Special Event
- Neighborhood Input Form (PDF)
- Obtain a Liquor Permit for a Special Event
- Seasonal, Sidewalk & Special Vehicle Sales Application (PDF)
- Sign Regulations
- Special Event Towing
- Temporary Use of Public Parking Spaces (PDF)
- Tent Permits and Misc. Fire Permits