Special Event Permit
A permit is required for any person, group or organization to conduct or participate in a special event, parade, walk, race or block party on a street, sidewalk or other public right-of-way. For exceptions to this requirement, please refer to Chapter 38, Article XII – Special Events, Parades and Races in the Newport News Code of Ordinances. An application for a special event must be submitted online not less than twenty-one (21) days nor more than one hundred and eighty (180) days before the proposed event date. An application for any activity for which the primary purpose is expressive activity and/or to exercise free speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States may be submitted not less than two (2) business days nor more than one hundred eighty (180) days before the date of the proposed event.
In general, each application must include the following items:
- A completed and signed checklist form.
- A sketch of the event. If the event is a walk, race or parade, the sketch must provide turn by turn directions for the proposed route. If the event is a block party, the sketch must show the area proposed to be blocked off.
- General liability insurance documentation which must include a separate endorsement naming the city as an additional insured and a document stating the city will be notified thirty (30) days prior to policy cancellation (or ten  days for non-payment).
Certain events may require additional documents not specifically mentioned above. For more information regarding requirements and regulations, please refer to Chapter 38, Article XII – Special Events, Parades and Races in the Newport News Code of Ordinances.
A fifty dollar ($50.00) fee for each special event is required to be paid at the time of application submission. If you have any questions, please contact the Permits office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-933-2311.