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2016 Special Event Permit Application

A special event permit is required for all outdoor races, runs, public meetings or similar events. Parks and parkways are grouped at different price levels


 Premium Lakefront Special-Event Areas
 McKinley Park
 For the segmentation of Lakefront Parks, see the Lakefront Special Events Map
 Downtown Special-Event Areas
 Cathedral Square
 Lake Park
 McKinley Beach
 Pere Marquette
 Red Arrow


Fees (subject to 5.6% sales tax)

  1. Base Fees: The base fee is determined by your chosen location and the number of days prior to the event date your payment is received 
  2. Parks Expenses: Special arrangements that may be necessary—such as snow fencing, tables, benches, barricades, etc.—are itemized on the cost estimate form from the Park Unit Manager. 

For more information, call the Special Events Office at (414) 257-4503 or email Special Events.


Special Event Permit Application  

  • The Application is NOT a Permit.
  • Applications MUST be reviewed to ensure all criteria are met. 
  • After final approval of the Application, fees MUST be paid BEFORE the Permit will be issued.


The City of Milwaukee requires a Temporary Noise Variance Permit for some special events.
For details, see the
City of Milwaukee website.


Milwaukee County Parks Special Events
9480 Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 257-4503

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