Special Event Application
Organizers of the following types of Special Events held in Arlington County must fill out and submit a Special Event Application (PDF).
Abbreviated Special Event Application
If you are proposing an event that meets certain specific criteria you may be eligible to use the Abbreviated Special Event Application (PDF). This application can be used for events that are:
You do NOT need to fill out the special event application for the following events:
Please submit the Special Event Application at least 90 days prior to your event.
Check the Special Event Checklist (PDF) to ensure you have all the permits you need.
The completed application may be submitted by email, fax or mail:
Hard Copy Mailed to:
Office of Special Events - Special Event Coordinator
Department of Parks and Recreation
2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite #414
Arlington, VA 22201
Arlington County offers a Special Events Fee Reduction Program designed to assist, support and encourage those events that would otherwise not be presented if required County fees are cost prohibitive. This program applies only to eligible non-profit organizations. The Fee Reduction credits only can be used to offset Arlington County Police, Fire, Safety or emergency medical related charges. Please see the Special Events Fee Reduction Program information (PDF).
When using an Arlington County Facility or a County Public site for a Special Event, most events will require insurance. The County Risk Management Office can provide assistance and direct events to lower cost insurance policies depending upon the nature of the event. Please read the Special Events Insurance Requirements (PDF) for more information.
|It is the responsibility of the event sponsor or designee to obtain all necessary permits and pay all relevant charges and fees prior to the date of the event. Failure to comply with this will result in the event being canceled.|
Permits & Services
Fire, Police & Street Cleaning Services
You may require fire, police or street cleaning services. You will be informed at the review session or by telephone if any fees are involved. Please confirm reservations/arrangements with the appropriate department(s) two weeks before the event.
|It is the Event Organizer’s responsibility to contact all relevant County agencies in order to obtain the necessary certificates or permits and to pay all connected fees.|
All fees must be paid and all necessary certificates or permits must be obtained before the application is approved. Please call the Special Events Coordinator at 703-228-1876 with questions.