Special Events

Dunwoody is pleased to welcome a variety of special events, from community festivals to athletic competitions. Our goal is to work with event sponsors and producers to help ensure that events that take place in our city are safe and successful, while minimizing the impact on the surrounding community. We hope that you will find these instructions helpful in planning and preparing to execute your special event.

Please download the Special Event Permit Application. If your event will have signs in the right-of-way, please fill out the Special Event Sign Permit Application and submit it with your application. You will need to submit a completed  Special Event Sign Permit Deposit Affidavit within 7 days of the event to receive your full sign deposit back.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cost - What are the associated permit fees?

Special Event Administration Fee: $50.00
Event Permit Fee: $250 < 300 persons
Event Permit Fee:  $500 > 300 persons

Review ProcessHow far in advance do I need to apply?

The adopted Special Event Ordinance requires that all applications for Special Events be submitted 60 days prior to the planned event to allow for review and processing. 

Overall - Who can help me navigate the process?

Tammy Hiler: (678) 382-6819 or tammy.hiler@dunwoodyga.gov

Tammy handles the intake of all Special Event Permit applications and coordinates between the different internal departments that review all applications.

Please Note: If you are planning a 5K, you are asked to use the City’s USATF certified 5K route. Please click on the map below to review the City’s USATF certified 5K route.

Facility RentalHow do I rent a pavilion or park?

Rachel Waldron: (678) 382-6853 or rachel.waldron@dunwoodyga.gov
Rachel handles the intake and scheduling of all facility rental applications and can help you navigate which pavilions, lawns, and parts of parks might be available for your event.

SignsWho handles the sign permit for special events?

Tammy Hiler: (678) 382-6808 or tammy.hiler@dunwoodyga.gov
Tammy handles the intake and processing of all special event signage requests and can help you once you know what signs you want and where. Tammy can also explain how you can get 100% of your sign permit deposit back.

Tents and Temporary StructuresWho can help me with my tent?

Ronnie Kurtz: (678) 382-6717 or ronnie.kurtz@dunwoodyga.gov
Ronnie handles the intake and processing of special event permit applications including for tents and temporary structures. He can help you navigate the application for the city and then give you a routing number for your visit down to DeKalb County for fire marshal services and site plan review. DeKalb County’s Fire Marshal office completes site plan reviews for tents or temporary structures over 400 square feet (with sides), over 700 square feet (without sides), or multiple smaller structures totaling over 700 square feet. The addition of a temporary structure or tent can impact the way fire trucks can respond to emergency situations at your event so DeKalb needs to review it to keep your event safe. As of spring 2014, the review process with DeKalb was averaging 8 weeks. Although this process can be done concurrently with the city’s reviews, please submit your plans in a timely fashion. Download DeKalb's Plan Submittal Review Requirements for more information.

Alcohol – How do I secure a permit for the sale or serving of alcohol at my event?

Finance Department: (678) 382-6700
The Finance Department handles the intake and processing of all special event alcohol permits. They can help you check if your vendor already has current licenses or if you need a Special Event Alcohol Permit for the temporary sale or serving of alcohol.

Food preparationWhat do I need to do if my event includes food preparation or sale?

Please comply with the DeKalb County Board of Health regulations available at the link listed on page three of the application. You may find it helpful to know that pursuant to section 290-5-14-.08, temporary food service, which lasts less than 120 hours, is exempt from many of the permitting and inspection requirements.