Special Events

A Special Event is any large indoor or outdoor event like:

  • Carnival
  • Concert
  • Fair
  • Festival
  • Parade
  • Party Tournament
  • Race
  • Rally
  • Run
  • Show
  • Street Dance
  • Walk

Other Celebrations

Other entertainment or celebration of limited duration that is held on public or private property or any event that will require the use, parking concerns, traffic generation, or an increase in demand of the city's infrastructure.

Permits

The City of Cottage Grove has a Special Events permit ordinance in place in order to promote the health, safety, and welfare of all residents and visitors of the city. This is to ensure that special events do not create disturbances, become nuisances, menace or threaten life, health and property, disrupt traffic or threaten or damage private or public property.

Any person or organization desiring to hold a special event within any zoning district in the city must first obtain a special event permit from the city in addition to any other permits required for the event by state law or city ordinance. An application for a permit to hold a special event application must be completed, signed and forwarded to the City Clerk Office at least sixty days prior to the first day of the event.

Walks, Runs, or Parade Celebration Permits

In addition to the special event application, a separate run or parade application needs to be included.

Exceptions

A permit is not required for:

  • Any event attended by fewer than three hundred persons that does not require any special services
  • Any event that is held on publicly owned property, public, or railroad right-of-way and involves the review or approval of the government entity or agency controlling that property through a permit, agreement, or other approval process
  • Golf tournaments
  • The use of traditional public forums as alternative channels of communication by the public, provided that such use is for the free exercise of constitutionally protected activities and does not disrupt or interfere with traffic on public streets or the use of public places by other members of the public
  • Weddings and events following like:
    • Anniversaries
    • Birthdays
    • Family reunions
    • Funeral processions
    • Graduation parties
    • Wedding receptions

Applications

An application for a permit to hold a special event application must be completed, signed and forwarded to the City Clerk Office at least sixty days prior to the first day of the event. In addition to the special event application, a separate run or parade addendum needs to be included for runs, races, walks or parades.

Submit Application

Send to:
City of Cottage Grove
Attn: Business Licensing
12800 Ravine Parkway S
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Email the Administration Department
Phone: 651-458-2883
Fax: 652-458-2897

Questions

If you have questions about the Special Event process or the Special Events ordinance you can email City Clerk Joe Fischbach or call 651-458-2883. The fax number is 651-458-2897. 

City Ordinance

Cottage Grove city ordinance (Chapter 5 Special Events) can be viewed on the City Code website.