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Special Event Permit General Information

 
The information provided does NOT constitute a legal opinion and is intended as a reference only.

 

Special Event Permit General Information

 

The following information is intended to provide a general guide to circumstances in which a special event permit is required pursuant to City Code Chapter 4, Article 22.   Click here to view a PowerPoint Presentation about Special Event Permit requirements.  Click here to view the complete language of this portion of the City Code.   

Questions regarding dance permits may be directed to the City Legal Department at (812) 244-2373.

 

A Special Event Permit is generally NOT required for the following:

 

1.  Any private gathering/special event that is:

a.  Not open to the general public;

b.  Not publically advertised; AND

c.  Does not require a price for admission.

*Examples under this section generally include traditional birthday parties, weddings and religious celebrations;

 

2.  Any school or class, the purpose of which is to teach dance.

 

3.  Any dance performed as an exhibition or theatrical production, for the entertainment or benefit of an audience which is not expected or encouraged to participate in the dance.

  

4.  Any business that has a traditional license to sell alcohol for a period of one or two years and attendance is limited to individuals over 21.

*Examples under this section generally include bars or taverns if the event is held at the bar or tavern;

 

5.  Any educational, governmental or charitable or religious organization if:

a.  Attendance is limited to members of the organization and invited guests; AND

b.  Any profit derived from the dance is used only for:

                  i.        Expenses of holding the dance;

                  ii.        Charitable or welfare purposes; or

                  iii.        A deposit into the treasury of said organization.

 

6.  Any fraternal organization or bona fide club if:

      a.  Attendance is limited to members of the organization and invited guests; AND

      b.     Any profit derived from the dance is used only for:

                    i.             Expenses of holding the dance;

                    ii.             Charitable or welfare purposes; or

                    iii.              A deposit into the treasury of said organization.

*A fraternal organization or bona fide club must have at least fifty (50) members to meet this exception.

 


You may contact the Board of Public Works & Safety by calling (812) 244-2333, Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm, to confirm whether or not a permit will be required for your event.


 You may access the full Terre Haute City Code by clicking here.

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