Special Event Permits
Victoria is a vibrant city which hosts a range of events, from world-class competitions and festivals to neighbourhood block parties and weddings.
If you would like to stage your event in the City of Victoria, you'll need to submit a permit application depending on the type of event you plan to host. Please make sure to read the appropriate event guidelines below prior to completing an event permit application.
Special Event Permit
Please submit this application if you are planning an event open to the public in Victoria that is not a block party, a wedding, a private event, or in Beacon Hill Park. If organizing any of the aforementioned, please continue reading.
- Special Event Permit Application [PDF - 1018 KB]
- Special Event Permit Guidelines
- Proof of Insurance Coverage for Special Events
Additional (optional) Forms:
Related Bylaws, Guidelines and Policies, and other helpful links:
- Access to Public Facility Policy
- City of Victoria Noise Bylaw
- Guidelines for Sponsor ID at Special Events
- Sound Policy for Outdoor Special Events
- Victoria Neighbourhoods
- National Fire Protection Association (re: tent standards)
- BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch
Noise Bylaw Exemption
In addition to your event application, the Noise Bylaw Exemption Application must be submitted if your event's sound levels may disturb residents or merchants.
Beacon Hill Park
Events at the Cameron Bandshell and within Beacon Hill Park are subject to the Beacon Hill Park policy, and have a separate application form.
Block Party Permit
Many of Victoria's neighbourhoods enjoy hosting a block party to celebrate a special occasion or milestone. To ensure there is appropriate coordination and planning, we require that anyone planning a block party on City streets, sidewalks or other public space has a permit. The information below will assist you in completing the Block Party Permit Application. Upon approval of your application, a permit to hold your Block Party will be issued free of charge. Block Party Applications require four weeks advance notice.
Wedding Permit for Parks
City parks provide a beautiful setting for a wedding. Some popular wedding locations include Laurel Point Park; Stone Bridge, the Rose Garden and the Wagon Wheel in Beacon Hill Park, and Stadacona Park.
A Wedding Permit Application must be submitted to the Parks division at least six weeks prior to your requested date. The applicant must obtain and maintain comprehensive insurance coverage naming the City of Victoria as an insured indemnified party. If you do not have insurance, insurance can be purchased through the City at the time of permit application.
For more information and rates, contact the Parks and Recreation Division at 250.361.0361 or email us.
Victoria parks provide natural settings for picnics and small group gatherings. A Parks Permit cover private gatherings, not public events.
There are many poster cylinders located on downtown lamp standards to provide event organizers an opportunity to display their event posters. Click here for more information on poster cylinders.