City Clerk

Special Event Licensing

Guidance for Special Events Due to COVID-19

As of June 9, 2020 and in accordance with the Governor’s Emergency Executive Order 20-74, Special Event Permits may only be granted for outdoor events that feature fewer than 25 persons participating in any outdoor area at a time.  Special Event Permits may be granted for Organized Adult Sporting Events that are classified as low risk sporting events and feature fewer than 25 persons participating in any outdoor area at a time (or in a pod) as set forth in Emergency Executive Order 20-74, and as determined by the Minnesota Department of Health (See guidance for Adult Sporting Events HERE). 

Any event sponsor must include a required COVID-19 Preparedness Plan with their Special Event Application. Templates for developing a program-specific plan can be found HERE.

Special Event Permits remain subject to all requirements of Duluth City Code Chapter 45 and are issued at the discretion of the City in accordance with that Chapter. Please note, due to COVID-19, events that require staffing that would result in reductions in critical public safety services as determined by the City will not be granted.

Please contact the Parks and Recreation Department for COVID specific information about events located within City Parks.


INITIAL CONTACT: City Clerk, 318 City Hall, 411 W. 1st St., Duluth MN 55802.

FORM:  License Application (Standard).

FEE:  See Fee Schedule.

TELEPHONE NUMBER:  (218) 730-5500.

ISSUED TO:  Any organizer of foot and bicycle races, parades, or a community event where the street and/or sidewalk need to be closed.

PROCEDURE:  Before filing the application, applicant shall have discussed plans for the event with the traffic inspector in the Police Department.  Applications, with fees, shall be filed with the City Clerk NOT LESS THAN 30 DAYS before an event, subject to the approval of the Chief Administrative Officer and the Chief of Police. Insurance coverage is mandatory for the sponsoring organization.