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A Special Event Permit is required if your gathering has any of the following elements:

  • 100 or more participants/attendees
  • Any advertising or sponsorship activities
  • Selling and/or distributing food, goods or merchandise (this includes fitness classes, dog obedience classes, yoga classes, etc.)
  • Admission fee
  • Tents 
  • Inflatables
  • Stages
  • Walk, run, or parade
  • Exclusive use of specific location, or requests for locations not normally accessible by the public

Park Event Permits

Park Special Event Permit Application

Application to Hold Special Event in Peoples Park

Trail Special Event Permit Application

Noise Permit Application 

Fitness, Music, Art, Dance, Sports, Dog Obedience, and Other Class Permits

Hourly Park Permit Application

Instructors of classes or personal trainers who charge clients a fee for their activities must obtain a special use permit to hold classes in City Parks. The Hourly Park Permit provides guidance for hourly use of parks spaces for various groups. The Hourly Permit accommodates for fitness, art, and music classes, as well as sport practices/clubs or sport specialized coaching. For information on applying for a permit, contact Bloomington Parks and Recreation at

Mobile Stage Rental

Mobile Stage Rental Application

Groups may apply to rent Bloomington Parks and Recreation's mobile stage for big performances within the City of Bloomington city limits. The mobile stage site must have access to electricity. Stage rental fees are based on a per-day rate, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The mobile stage may be transported only by City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation personnel. A refundable deposit is required. Call 812.349.3962 for reservation and cost information.

Requesting Approval for Alcohol Sales at a Special Event

Guidelines for Requesting Approval for Alcohol Sales

Groups may request to serve beer and/or wine at event, once the group has successfully applied for a Special Event Permit. Beer and/or wine ONLY may be served in city-owned parks, trails, and facilities, and ONLY with approval. In addition to a Special Event Permit, groups requesting to serve beer and/or wine must submit a proposal outlining how alcohol serving guidelines will be met before qualifying for a temporary alcohol permit through the Indiana State Alcohol and tobacco Commission. The Board of Park Commissioners, and Administrator of the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, will approve or deny requests for alcohol sales.

Noise Permits

Noise Permit Application

Depending on the nature of the special event, a Noise Permit from the City of Bloomington Public Works Department may also be required. For more information about Noise Permits, contact the Department of Public Works at 812.349.3410.

Permits for Filming on City Parks and Recreation Properties

Filming Permit Application

It is the policy of the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department to allow filming and photography when it is consistent with the protection and public enjoyment of city resources and does not interfere with the public's normal use and enjoyment of the park.

There is no cost to obtain a filming permit, and filming permits are good for the duration of the project for which they are approved.

Special permission is required if the filming, video taping, sound recording, or still photography:

  • involves taking photographs for the purpose of commercial advertising
  • could result in damage to park resources
  • could result in significant disruption of normal visitor use
  • requires access to areas normally closed to the visiting public

For a complete list of activities prohibited in city parks, see the Filming Permit Application. For more information about obtaining a filming permit, contact Julie Ramey, Community Relations Manager, at 812-349-3719 or