Special Events and Special Event Permits
Special events are events that are held in the City for a period of less than two (2) weeks. A Special Event Permit is required; however, there is no charge to the applicant. The event organizer must comply with all applicable City Code and State licensure requirements relevant to the event.
Examples of special events include carnivals, concerts, expos, fairs, festivals, fire works displays, flea markets, parades, petting zoos, pony rides, tent sales and tournaments.
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Special Event Assistance Program
In December 2013, the City Commission created the Special Events Assistance Program. Under the program, the City Commission will approve a list of events (quarterly) for which the costs of City fees and resources will be funded by the City of North Port. To be considered for funding under the Program, the event must be held in the City of North Port and meet Special Events Assistance Program guidelines/criteria.
In accordance with the City’s budgeting process, the quarterly Special Event Assistance Program application period will be as follows:
1st quarter (January 1st to March 31st).
2nd quarter (April 1st to June 30th).
3rd quarter (July 1st to September 30th).
4th quarter (October 1st to December 31st).
For example, if your event is scheduled to be held on June 30th, the request must be submitted during the 1st quarter application period to be considered for funding.
All applications with supporting documents are to be submitted in person to Neighborhood Development Services, Planning Division, North Port City Hall, 4970 City Hall Boulevard, North Port, FL 34286. Application
Temporary Uses and Temporary Use Permits
A temporary use is defined as any structure or event held in the City that is of a non-permanent nature, lasting more than two (2) weeks. A Temporary Use Permit is valid for 12 consecutive months from the date of issue, but may be renewed annually. Some examples of temporary use are: Christmas tree sales, pumpkin sales, and signs.
Applications for both Special Events and Temporary Uses are strongly encouraged to be submitted at least 60 days prior to the event taking place. This allows for an adequate review and time to draft the permit. Applications turned in less than 2 weeks prior to an event are not guaranteed to be processed and a permit issued before the event taking place.