Public events on City property are rescheduled as of November 1st until further notice.
Anyone hosting an event on public property or in a city park needs to apply. Whether the event is free or ticketed, open to the public, or invitation only, it doesn’t matter — you still have to apply. Public events include, but are not limited to: road races, block parties, festivals, demonstrations, rallies, and parades.
To hold a public event, you may need to get permit approval by several City departments. Plan ahead and give yourself time. You must apply at least 30 days before an event to be hosted at a city park or city property.
5. Once the organizer has obtained this approval by the Parks Board and/or City Departments, the following process takes place
• Organizer will be contacted by Director of City Events to ensure your event is meeting all requirements to be hosted on city property.
• Bridgeport Health Department will discuss permits and fees involved with having any form of food for sale or consumption and ensuring that organizers meet all health and safety protocols.
• Bridgeport Police Department will provide an operations plan for any type of security or traffic control. This plan will be accompanied by a schedule of estimated police fees.
• Public Facilities will outline any fees that may be incurred for trash, dumpster, other related needs.
• Upon meeting the above requirements, including payment for any costs associated, organizer will be provided with a permit application that will require signature approvals of the associated city departments.
• Public events hosted on any city property require Certificate of Liability insurance coverage.
• Bridgeport Police Department and City staff attend event to ensure safety protocols and requirements are met.