The City of Bozeman Public Works Department issues two types of permits for events. Permits are required when 75 or more people are expected to be in attendance or when events will utilize and/or impact the public right-of-way. Parade permits are required for parades, runs, walks, marches, or generally any event that will NOT remain in one location. Public Assembly permits are required for gatherings of people at one location.
Open Container Waivers are a separate permit. They are required for events that are open to the public or occur in a location generally open to the public where alcohol will be served or sold.
If you have questions regarding hosting an event in Bozeman, please contact the City Public Works Department at 406-582-2273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events in City Parks:
If you are hosting an event in a city park, you may be required to submit two permits, one to the Public Works Department and one to the Recreation Department. If the event will remain in the park for the duration of the event, you only need to submit a permit through Recreation. If the event involves a run or walk that will leave the park and take place on public streets or sidewalks, you will need to submit an application to Recreation and another to Public Works. The Recreation Department reviews items related to the park while Public Works is concerned with the safety of your participants on the public streets and sidewalks. This is the reason for the separate reviews. If you have questions about using a City park or renting a recreational facility, please contact the Recreation Department at 406-582-2290 or visit their website.
A: Insurance is required for most events. The City MAY consider waiving insurance if the risk level of the event is expected to be low.
- Neighborhood Block Parties - Insurance is only waived if the event is no more than 4 hours long and won't include alcohol being consumed in the public right-of-way (street or sidewalk). Alcohol must remain on private property at all times.
- Assemblies or Marches - Insurance may be waived depending on the length of the event and the expected attendance. Also considered is the route for marches and whether participants will obey pedestrian laws or if flaggers will stop traffic.
- Insurance is never waived for events that will stop traffic or events where alcohol is involved.
Insurance requirements are as follows:
- $1.5 million per occurrence and $750,000 per claimant or $1 million per occurrence with a $2 million general aggregate
- The policy must list the City of Bozeman as additional insured on a primary non-contributory basis
- Applicant must submit a current copy of the certificate of liability insurance
- Applicant must submit the endorsement page for the additional insured
A: Depending on the event, you may be required to:
- Provide trash and recycling service.
- Notify affected residents or businesses.
- Make arrangements for closure equipment.
- Contact the non-emergency police line regarding closures.
- Contact the Bozeman Fire Department.
- Arrange for porta-potties.
- Clean up the area of the event at the conclusion of the event.
- Provide proof of flagger certification.
- Post "No Parking" signs.
A: Certified flaggers are required to stop traffic. At most street crossings, two flaggers are required. The City will determine the number of flaggers you'll need during review of your application. If you don't have flaggers arranged prior to submitting your application, copies of certifications must be submitted before the event. If proof is not submitted, you will not be allowed to stop traffic.
Training must be in compliance with the requirements of the State of Montana.
You can also arrange for volunteers at street crossings but volunteers are NOT permitted to stop traffic. They are usually placed to ensure that participants obey pedestrian laws while crossing streets.
A: Applications are reviewed by several departments during the review process. These departments include:
- Signs and Signals
- MSU Police (events on campus, involving MSU groups, or affecting MSU)
- Downtown Bozeman Partnership (downtown events)
- Montana Department of Transportation (events on Main Street or other State maintained roads).
Unless we need more information from the applicant, review usually only takes about 2 weeks for completion.
A: Complete applications can be submitted either via mail or in person. You can hand-deliver the application to the Public Works/Engineering office at 20 E. Olive St. or you can mail it to P.O. Box 1230, Bozeman, MT 59771, attn: Katherine Maines.
Incomplete applications will not be processed so please make sure you submit all required items prior to submitting your application.