Planning a Special Event

We are an active community and special events are at the heart of a vibrant and engaged city. If you are planning a special event that will use or impact public areas or services, please contact us at least thirty (30) days prior to the event so that we can guide you through any special permits that may be required.

Special events take many forms. Non-profit organizations may sponsor events which utilize city property such as parks, walkways and streets following issuance of a permit through the City of Lowell.  The permit application approval process requires a review of the event by the Lowell Police Department and Department of Public Works to ensure the event organizer(s) have covered the items listed in Chapter 21, Article IV, Sec. 21-113 of the Code of Ordinances.  A minimum of 30 days is required for the permit application process.

Special events hosted on private property do not require a city permit; however, private events must comply with the Zoning Code and are also subject to various nuisance ordinances under the Code of Ordinances.  Among these requires are the noise control guidelines listed in Chapter 13, Article IV, Sec. 13-62(3) of the Code of Ordinances.

Fees assessed for the permit process and emergency response to any event, whether private or non-profit, are reviewed and set from time to time by the city council.