Special Events

What Defines a Special Event?

A Special Event is any event that meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Any event that is a parade, carnival, festival, block party (not for private or residential use), running, walking or bicycling event.
  • Any event to be held at a County facility with a projected attendance of 1,000 or more.
  • Any event that will require the use of County resources for security, crowd control, traffic control, fire or EMS.
  • Any event that requires the closure of any street or public right of way to vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
  • Any event requiring interagency coordination that may change or restrict the normal levels of public service provided in Stafford County
*Please note, some events such as private, residential block parties or park rentals, may not require the Special Event process; however, the event may still require a permit.

Special Events Application Process

The purpose of the special events application process is to help event planners ensure they have the appropriate permits required by state and county code to ensure a safe event.


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