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 annually approve a list of events 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 annual budgeting process, the regular annual Special Event Assistance Program application period will be from April 1 through May 30 for special events to be held during the next fiscal year (October 1 through September 30). For example, an application form must be submitted during the period April 1 through May 30, 2015, for an event to be held any time between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016.
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.
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.