Special Events in Tulsa
Tulsa is a city that celebrates special events. This page
includes the City of Tulsa's Special Event Permit Application and
instructions developed to guide you through the permit process.
Please read carefully.
Special Event Permit Applications with a street closure must be
received by the City of Tulsa no later than sixty (60) days prior
to the actual date of your event and may be submitted as early as
one (1) year before your event. A street closing in conjunction
with an event inside an adjacent auditorium, theatre or stadium
must be received no later than forty (40) days prior to the event.
Professional film-making and events without a street closure must
be received no later than thirty (30) days prior to the event. In
general, any organized outdoor activity involving the use of, or
having impact upon, public property, public facilities,
right-of-ways, sidewalks, street areas, or the temporary use of
private property in a manner that varies from its current land use,
requires a permit. Land use regulations may reference public
outdoor activities on a parking lot or private property by the
placement of a tent(s) larger than 400 square feet, the serving of
alcoholic beverages including beer, entertainment with live (band)
music, fireworks, stage(s), amusement rides or inflatables, or
which has the potential of impacting public property or public
Carefully review the cover letter attached to the application
for additional information on the purpose, requirements,
exemptions, zoning, process and fees of the permitting procedure,
including the responsibility of the event organizer. There is no
fee associated to the application.Please allow up to
sixty (60) days for the submittal, review, and final decision on
the approval or denial of this permit.
A Special Event Permit does not negate the additional
requirements of obtaining the proper Zoning, Health, Alcohol, Beer,
Tent, Park, Vendor, Sales and Amusement Ride Permits for an outdoor
event. You will be responsible to contact the below relevant
agencies for other specific permits and/or licenses.
- Tents: If you are placing a tent, canopy,
stage, or scaffold, etc. on public property, private property, or
parking lot, you may need a Tent Permit and/or Building Permit.
Tents 400 square feet or less (e.g. 10X10, 10X20 or 20X20) do not
require a Tent Permit. Tents over 400 square feet (e.g. 20X30 or
larger - see below tent groupings) do require a Tent Permit. If a
tent permit is required, must obtain a tent permit before erecting
a tent. Tent stakes driven into the ground or tent straps attached
to poles are prohibited on public property. Please contact the
One-Stop-Permit Center at 918-596-9601. Information on permits is
available online. Review below Tent
- 10X10 tents may be single or grouped up to 4 but must not
exceed 400 square feet.
- 10X20 tents may be single or grouped up to 2 but must not
exceed 400 square feet.
- Grouping of said tents must have an access space of 12 feet
between any other group, tent, building and property line.
- 20X20 tents must have an access space of 12 feet between any
other group, tent, building and property line.
- No smoking in any size tent (vendor and customers). Must post
"No Smoking" signs.
- Tents with 2 or more covered sides or during dark hours must
display illuminated "Exit" signs. Tent occupancy over 50 must have
2 exits. Tent occupancy over 500 must have 3 exits. Tent occupancy
over 1,000 must have 4 exits.
- Tents must not block fire hydrants or FDC connections.
- Generators must be separated by 20 feet from tents.
- No cooking in tents unless separated by 20 feet from any other
tent, building and property line.
- No food can be served or consumed in a tent used for
- Need 1 portable fire extinguisher (2A:10BC) for every 3,000
square feet of tent or within 75 feet of travel, whichever is
- Tents 400 square feet or less (e.g. 20X20) not spaced per the
above guidelines would require a Tent Permit.
- Structures: If you are placing any
entertainment structure (i.e. amusement ride, inflatable, climbing
wall, etc.) on public property, private property, or parking lot,
you will need a Certificate of Operation. Please contact the
Oklahoma Department of Labor at 405-521-6561. For information go to
- Outdoor Beer: If you are selling low-point
beer at your event, three (3) separate special event beer permits
are required to sale beer outdoors on public property [sidewalk,
street, etc.] and includes private property [shared parking lot]
adjacent to a business.
- A Special Event County Beverage Permit will be issued fourteen
(14) days after the filing of the application if no protest is
filed. If an objection or request for restrictions is filed, the
judge shall rule on the special event beer application after a five
(5) day notice is provided to the applicant and other applicable
- Once the Special Event County Beverage Permit is issued by the
Tulsa County Courthouse, deliver this document to the Oklahoma Tax
Commission and obtain a Special Event Low-point Beer License.
- As these two (2) documents are received, present said documents
to the City of Tulsa Business License Office and obtain a Special
Event City Beverage Permit.
- These three (3) special event beer permits as described cover
multiple outdoor beer serving locations within the approved venue
[road closure/parking lot] with geographic restrictions [up to one
- A business or retail dealer who possesses a current low-point
beer business license and would like to set up a beverage cart(s)
on their business property such as their patio, courtyard, plaza or
sole parking lot [extension of business property - not shared with
any other business and must provide a letter of ownership or lease
agreement], then an additional special event outdoor beer permit is
not required. The sales/serving of low-point beer must occur within
the property premise (e.g. no serving from the patio to customers
on the sidewalk). Please contact the Tulsa County Courthouse at
918-596-5478, Oklahoma Tax Commission at 918-581-2399 and City of
Tulsa Business License Office at 918-596-7640. Information on City
of Tulsa Ordinances is available online.
- Outdoor Alcohol: If you are selling and/or
serving high-point beer and/or alcohol at your event, you will need
to notify the Oklahoma ABLE Commission in writing to verify the
Catering License and provide plans for outdoor alcohol premise
enforcement prior to your event. Please contact the Oklahoma ABLE
Commission at 918-581-2402. Information on City of Tulsa Ordinances
is available online.
- If your event is open to the public or is a private event in a
venue location where alcohol consumption is prohibited except with
a special event permit, the City of Tulsa prohibits the consumption
of alcohol in the event venue outside of a controlled space,
commonly referred to as a "beer garden".
- An event venue is an area that has been closed
(e.g. street, sidewalk or parking lot) per a special event permit
for the purpose of consumption of low-point beer and/or food and to
provide space for bands, stages, tents, tables, inflatables and
- A designated licensed premise is an area
within the event venue for the purpose of consumption of high-point
beer, alcoholic beverages and food, which may include space for
tents, bands, stages, tables and vendors, etc. A designated
licensed premise referred to as a "beer garden" is required to
prevent guests from leaving the controlled area with alcoholic
beverages. Beer gardens must be constructed with material or in a
manner that prevents beverages from being taken outside the
controlled space (e.g. crowd control barriers referred to as
bicycle racks, signage, security, etc.).
- A designated bar area is an area within the
designated licensed permise for the purpose of sales and service of
alcoholic beverages. A designated bar area must be constructed with
material or in a manner that separate guests of a legal drinking
age from those who are not (e.g. tent, signage, staff, etc.).
- Food and Beverages: If you are selling,
serving, or giving away food or beverages including beer and
alcohol at your event, you will need a Food Service Permit. Please
contact the Tulsa Health Department at (918) 595-4322. For
information go to www.tulsa-health.org.
- Sales: If sales will take place at your event,
you must provide the following documentation online prior to your
event being approved:
- Submit a list of all vendors at the event including business
name, contact name, address, and telephone number.
- Oklahoma Vendors. Submit copies of sales tax permits
of Oklahoma vendors at the event. Vendors must display copies
of sales tax permits at the event.
- Out of State Vendors. If out of state vendors
will be making sales at your event, you must obtain a special event
sales tax permit from the Oklahoma Tax Commission and submit a copy
of the permit to the City of Tulsa. To obtain a special event
sales tax permit, please contact the Oklahoma Tax Commission
Special Events Division at 918-581-2399.
- Wrestling: If you are hosting any type of
fighting and/or wrestling event, you will need to notify the
Okahoma State Athletic Commission at (405) 271-9444 X57993.
- Parks: If you are utilizing a City Park for
your event, you will need a Park Permit. Please complete an online form. For River
Parks, contact 918-596-2001 and for County Parks (LaFortune,
Chandler) contact 918-596-5990.
- Neighborhood Block Party: If you are
organizing a daytime neighborhood block party involving a one-block
residential street, you will need to contact Working in
Neighborhoods (WIN) online thirty
(30) days prior to the actual date of the block party. WIN will
assist neighborhood block party organizers with the procedures how
to access barricades, traffic control signage and other
- Waste Management: You must provide adequate
cleanup during and after your event. Failure to perform adequate
clean-up immediately after the event each day within and around the
outdoor venue including the adjacent streets, right-of-ways, alleys
and parking lots and/or repair damages to city property and
facilities due to your event will result in the City of Tulsa
providing the services and billing the event organizer at cost
recovery rates for clean-up and/or repair. Glassware is not allowed
within and around the outdoor venue including the adjacent streets,
sidewalks, right-of-ways, alleys and parking lots.
- Recycling: The person responsible for a
community special event should provide recycling containers
throughout the venue. Following are key elements: 1. The number of
recyclable containers at special events should be equal to the
number of trash containers (a 1:1 ratio). 2. Recycling and trash
containers should be placed next to each other in areas throughout
the event venue. 3. Each recyclable container should be clearly
identified as a recycling receptacle and display a list of
recyclable materials accepted. 4. The event organizer can determine
the types of recyclables to be collected as long as the recyclables
include all aluminum and metal cans, glass (glass is prohibited on
public property) and plastic bottles and jars, and all mixed paper
and cardboard. 5. The event organizer must ensure that all
recyclable materials are delivered to a recycling facility and
not to a landfill. Please contact The M.E.T at
918-584-0584. For information go to www.metrecycle.com.
- Portable Restrooms: You must provide portable
restroom facilities at your event unless you can substantiate the
sufficient availability of both accessible and non-accessible
facilities in the immediate area of the event site that will be
available to the public during your event (e.g. one chemical or
portable toilet for every 250 people). Ten percent (10%) of
restroom facilities must meet local, state, and federal
accessibility requirements. No less than one (1) accessible
restroom should be placed in each location designated for restrooms
facilities and located on a level area not to exceed a 2%
cross-slope in any direction. If a single restroom unit is placed
in a location, it must be accessible. An accessible route to each
portable restroom must be provided. The number of portable toilets
can be determined based on your estimated peak time attendance.
Your local portable sanitation service contractor's experience will
help you in planning properly for any event.
- Amplified Sound: In most cases, issuance of a
Special Event Permit will serve as your approval to use amplified
sound within your event venue as outlined in your permit
- Loud and unreasonable noise at any time of day or night
(including music) is a violation of City Ordinance.
- A police officer that determines noise from your event is
offensive to others may require you to lower or discontinue the
noise even though you have a permit allowing such use.
- Generally, sound (music) levels should not exceed 85 decibels
via a sound mixer technician (reading outside of venue). Depending
upon any neighborhood complaints, the sound levels may have to be
lowered between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Information on City of Tulsa
Ordinances is available online.
- Insurance: Any Special Event which
necessitates the closing of a street or sidewalk, and any Special
Event which includes the serving or consumption of alcoholic
beverages and/or beer, must carry a policy of liability insurance
in the amount of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00). Such
insurance policy should be issued by an insurance company licensed
to do business in the State of Oklahoma. A certificate of
such insurance coverage, naming the City of Tulsa (175 East 2nd
Street, Tulsa OK 74103) as additional insured, must be on file with
the City of Tulsa before the Special Event occurs.
- Private Property: If your event is taking
place on private property, including parking lots, for any amount
of time, you may need a Zoning Clearance Permit. Please contact the
One-Stop-Permit Center at 918-596-9601. More information on
secondary permits is available online. Your event may require
approval from the City's Board of Adjustment, the exception to this
rule is in the Central Business District (CBD). Upon verification
with the Zoning Clearance officer, contact the Board of Adjustment
(BOA) at 918-584-7526. For information go to www.cityoftulsa-boa.org.
Per the below instructions, type and complete the Special Event
Permit Application using Abode Acrobat. Any omission will delay the
Special Event Permit Application Process. Handwritten
applications and faxes will not be processed.
- Please download the
Event Permit Application using Adobe Acrobat. If you
have the free version of Adobe Reader, you will be
able to type in the blanks on the application, but you will not be
able to save your work. Print each page as you complete it and do
not close your browser if you do not want to lose your work in
progress. Once you have completed the application and any required
attachments, print a hard copy and mail or deliver it to the City
of Tulsa Office of Special Events, 175 East 2nd Street, Suite
590, Tulsa Oklahoma, 74103.
- If you have the full version of Adobe Acrobat, you
will be able to download the application to your computer, type in
the blanks on the application, and save the information on your
computer. You will not lose information that you have saved. Upon
completion, you can attach the application and any required
attachments via an email to the Special Events
Coordinator. Your electronic submission will serve as
your electronic signature.
On behalf of the City of Tulsa, we thank you for contributing to
the spirit and vitality of our community through the staging of
your event. Best wishes for a successful event!