The Office of Cultural Affairs acts as a liaison between event organizers and the City, managing and collecting required signatures and appropriate documentation.
View our 2022 SPECIAL EVENT PLANNING AND PERMITTING Video
To host a Special Event in Jersey City, event organizers are required to submit a Special Event Application to the Office of Cultural Affairs for approval & signature by 14 City Departments & Agencies.
Applications must be submitted 60 days prior to the proposed event date. Please submit 90 days in advance if you are hosting a large festival, parade or special event.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note that permitting is subject to State of New Jersey guidelines around outdoor and indoor gathering limits. In addition, Event Organizers will be asked to submit a detailed Safety Plan with their application. Safety Plans should outline how Event Organizers will adhere to gathering limits, social distancing, masks, and any other measures being taken to keep the public safe and slow the spread of the Coronavirus. For up-to-date information on gathering limits, please visit: How can people safely get together? What are the limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings? | FAQ (nj.gov)
If you wish to host a Special Event on public property in Jersey City, send an email to Lisa Catanio at ECatanio@jcnj.org to request a link to our event permit application (via Docusign). Be sure to include basic information including:
- Your name
- Email address
- Phone number
- Name of proposed event
- Date & Time of proposed event
- Location of proposed event
- Expected number in attendance
- Type of event (Block Party, Farmer’s & Flea Markets, Festivals, Parades & Processions, Park Events, Rally, Protest, Public Assembly, Religious Events & Prayer Services, etc.)
- Name of non-profit affiliation or partner
What to Expect:
Once you’ve connected directly with our Event Permit Office and are eligible to move forward with the permit application process, you’ll be sent a link to the application through Docusign. For additional information about the permitting process, check out the Timeline and Event Fees pages below. For your advanced reference, you can also check out the sample application to better understand what is expected. NOTE: this is NOT the final application, and cannot be used for circulation.