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Special Events

What Defines a Special Event?

A Special Event is any event that meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Any event that is a parade, carnival, festival, block party (not for private or residential use), running, walking or bicycling event.
  • Any event to be held at a County facility with a projected attendance of 1,000 or more.
  • Any event that will require the use of County resources for security, crowd control, traffic control, fire or EMS.
  • Any event that requires the closure of any street or public right of way to vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
  • Any event requiring interagency coordination that may change or restrict the normal levels of public service provided in Stafford County
*Please note, some events such as private, residential block parties or park rentals, may not require the Special Event process; however, the event may still require a permit.

Special Events Application Process

Your event application will be denied if required permits are not obtained.