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Special Events

All special events proposed for city property, and/or on city streets, require a permit from the city. The term "special events" includes, but is not limited to, exhibits, fairs, athletic events, parades, concerts, block parties, church affairs or conventions, occupying, marching or assembling upon a street, park, or public area in the City of Allentown are allowed only after a permit has been granted.

After you have developed an event plan, submit a Special Event Application.  Please include your proposed description and any supporting documents, including a site and traffic plan, for the event.

Once you have submitted your completed application, application fee, and site map, at least ninety (90) days prior to your event date, your application is considered complete and will be reviewed.  You may then be contacted to attend a Special Event Committee meeting, depending on the complexity of your event.  Please keep in mind that incomplete applications will not be reviewed and venues will not be reserved until all documents and application fee are received.  A Special Event Permit will be issued after all fees are paid, and insurance certificate and relevant documents are received

Should you have any questions through this process, please contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 610.437.7757 or

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