The City of New Haven recognizes special events as valuable to the community. In the City’s role of both support and regulation of special events, City departments must operate in a consistent and coordinated manner.
A special event is defined as an activity or series of activities, specific to an identifiable time and place, produced in conjunction with community organizations often held on public property or city park. Such events may include but are not limited to: filming, protests/rallies, block parties, fund raisers, festivals, runs/races/walks, and other community events.
They may occur on streets and/or sidewalks, parks, and other City-owned property. They may also include mass gatherings as defined in the city ordinance. Most functions or special events located on private property but are open to the public will require a special event permit; those on private property and is not open to the public will not require a permit but will be required to comply will all city ordinances including road closures, noise levels and noise curfews.