A Special Event is a temporary use in all zoning districts which:
- Is intended for purposes of entertainment, education, commercial promotion,
or cultural, religious, ethnic, or political expression.
- Is conducted on public or private property on a site or in an area which may
not be specifically zoned, authorized, or otherwise approved for such use on
a permanent basis.
- Is carried on in a temporary structure, or outside.
- May occur in conjunction with an existing permitted use or as a separate
- Included events are parades, sporting events, circuses, fairs, carnivals,
festivals, religious revivals, political rallies, vehicle shows and
displays, and similar recognized temporary activities
- Shall not include wedding and funeral ceremonies, holiday boutiques,
elections, private yard sales, Christmas tree and pumpkin sales lots, and
charity car washes.
If you plan to organize a special event in the City of Mesa, please complete
the application, site plan and appropriate attachments. Answer
each question with as much detail as possible. Return application and
related information to:
City of Mesa
55 N. Center Street
Insurance may be required for your event. The insurance policy must list the
City of Mesa as additional insured. The amount required varies depending on
the type of event and activities involved. The insurance certificate must be
on file with the Licensing Office and approved by the Risk Management Office
prior to approval of the special event
The application process time can take from 30 to 90 days depending upon the
scope of the event. Please be sure you apply early. Our
recommendation is to apply prior to doing any advertising for the event.
The fees for a special event are $100.00 per day with a maximum fee of
$300.00. All fees are non-refundable. If an event is going to be for
more than 4 days or if more than 4 events will be conducted on the same
premises during a calendar year, you must obtain a Special Use Permit (see
Attachment E for
requirements). For additional information refer to
Zoning Ordinance 11-31-27.
If your event requires a tent larger than 400 square feet or a canopy larger
than 1200 square feet there may be additional fees involved. Please
Fire Prevention at
480.644.2622 for more information.
Special Event Brochure