Special Event Permits

DUE TO THE COVID-19 HEALTH PANDEMIC, AND PURSUANT TO EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-59 ISSUED BY GOVERNOR DOUG DUCEY, ALL ORGANIZED PUBLIC EVENTS OVER 50 PEOPLE IN THE CITY OF SURPRISE (AS DEFINED BELOW) MUST:
  • Be approved by the City of Surprise.
  • Implement adequate safety precautions that are consistent with guidance issued by the CDC for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and that are in compliance with the Maricopa County and City of Surprise face covering mandates. For a list of mitigation elements the City suggests, click here.
  • Submit their COVID-19 mitigation plans to the city for review, approval and posting to the city’s website through the Public Event Registration and/or Temporary Use Permit process. (See Approved Events
  • Agree to enforcement of mitigation measures by the city. 

WHAT IS AN “ORGANIZED PUBLIC EVENT”?

Subject to further guidance from the State of Arizona, the City of Surprise defines an “organized public event” as any organized event held on public or private property that is open to participation or attendance by the general public with or without a fee or charge, registration or age requirement. 

Examples include, but are not limited to, fairs, ceremonies, exhibitions, festivals, carnivals, concerts, performances, farmer’s markets, competitions, and seasonal/holiday events. Constitutionally protected activities, such as assembly for speech or religious practices or purposes, are not included in this definition. 

Any organized public event within the City of Surprise of more than 50 people that does not receive prior approval through the Public Event Registration Process and/or the City’s Temporary Use Special Event Permit process will be in violation of the Executive Order. 

APPLICATIONS

For a Public Event Registration, applications must be submitted no less than 10 days prior to the scheduled event. This is for public events as defined above that will have more than 50 people in attendance, such as a concert/performance at a performing arts venue or a sports tournament at a sporting facility that does NOT modify its intended use:

For a Temporary Use Permit (TUP), applications must be submitted no less than 15 days prior to the scheduled event. Special events, such as carnivals, festivals, fairs, holiday events, fairs, grand openings, farmer’s markets, and sidewalk and tent sales, require the issuance of a TUP from the City, as these events modify the intended use of the event space/location:

QUESTIONS

If you have questions about which applications to submit, or to check the status of your application, please contact the Community Development Department at 623.222.3000.

Temporary Use Permits

Pursuant to Surprise City Code Section 122-105, the installation of donation bins, and most special events, such as carnivals, festivals, fairs, holiday events, fairs, grand openings, and sidewalk and tent sales, require the issuance of a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) from the City. To ensure timely processing TUP applications and payment of applicable fees should be submitted to the City no less than 15 days prior to the scheduled event. The fee schedule and additional instructions are contained in the TUP applications below.

TUP/Special Event Permit
TUP/Donation Bin Permit

Temporary Extension of Premise (Restaurants Only)

On October 6th, the Surprise City Council approved the use of a Temporary Expansion of Premise (TEP) permit to allow local restaurants to expand their service area and ensure a safe dining experience during COVID-19. There is no fee to apply for a TEP and the permit, once approved, is valid for 180 days. 

Restaurants seeking to expand their service area for alcohol remain subject to approval from the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control. 

Additional instructions are contained within the application below.

TEP/Temporary Extension of Premise

Completed TUP and TEP applications can be emailed to Development Services at DevelopmentServices@surpriseaz.gov

For questions, please email DevelopmentServices@surpriseaz.gov or call 623-222-3001.