Special Event Request & Procedure
Who Needs a Special Event Permit?
- All businesses and organizations are required to obtain a Special Event Permit for any event that is not part of a business’ or organization’s daily activities.
- All events with three (3) or more food trucks require a Special Event Permit.
- All events using Town property including streets or sidewalks, whether temporarily closed or not, require a Special Event Permit.
Types of Special Event Applications
Application for Special Event Permit: This application is to be used for any qualifying event that does NOT need temporary road closure(s).
Application for Special Event Permit Temporary Road Closure Addendum: This application is to be used in conjunction with the above permit application to request a temporary road closure.
Application Fees and Submittal Deadlines
Special Event Permit fee is $25 and 45 days to process.
Special Event Permit with Temporary Road Closure Addendum fee is $50 and 60 days to process.
How long does it take to process a Special Event Permit?
Applications with fee payment are due 45 days before the intended event (60 days if temporary road closures are desired) but may not be submitted more than 6 months prior to the event. Incomplete applications or inaccurate information may delay or prevent processing and review. Submission of a request for an event does not guarantee approval by the Town. Approvals are based upon a variety of factors including but not limited to: Town resource availability and costs, impact upon the community and traffic, safety, compliance to local, state and federal laws, compliance to the Town's Land Development Ordinance, time of packet submission, payment of fees etc.
Events using Town property are required to secure an insurance policy for the event that includes the Town of Fuquay-Varina and all its agencies and departments as additional insured. Evidence of Insurance will be required before final permit approval. Please provide a Certificate of Insurance, showing a minimum of $2,000,000 in Commercial General Liability Insurance and a Policy Endorsement which indemnifies and holds harmless the Town of Fuquay-Varina and all its agencies and departments. Please complete the Hold Harmless Agreement – Special Event form and have it notarized. Some events may require a higher limit of insurance. The event organizers must purchase and maintain this insurance, providing coverage for the event with an insurance company authorized to do business in the State of North Carolina.
Use of Town Facilities
If the event organizer wishes to reserve space at a Town recreational facility or park, please contact the Fuquay-Varina Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department at (919) 552-1430 for facility availability and fee information. F-V Parks & Facility Rentals.
For information on reserving the Fuquay-Varina Arts Center, please contact them directly at (919) 567-3920. Fuquay-Varina Arts Center Rentals.
Not all Town facilities and locations are available for rental.
Site Plan/Route Map Sketch
Provide a detailed Site Plan sketch of the event. Include maps, outlines or diagrams of the entire event venue including the names of all streets or areas that are part of the venue and the surrounding area. Include the following information (as applicable):
p Location of the event / activities on the property showing adjacent streets / roads and boundaries
p Location of temporary structures that will be used during the event. Must indicate size of temporary structures, distances between temporary structures and roads / parking
p Identify how each temporary structure will be used (type of vendor, food preparations, alcohol sales, amplified sound / stage, tents, portable toilets, etc.)
p Location of all food trucks. Show distances between food trucks and between food trucks and adjacent buildings (minimum of 10 feet)
p Identify location of cooking devices and open flames. Identify type of cooking fuel used (propane, electric, charcoal, catered, etc.)
p Location of all fencing, barricades, or other restrictions that will impair access to and from the event or property
p Location of all Police and Emergency Responders (if applicable)
p Identify all parking areas (include all handicap accessible areas)
p Identify alternate parking areas if event space includes use of any available parking (public parking areas may not be used as alternate parking)
p Location of fire hydrants
p Location of first aid facilities
p Location of power sources / generators and fuel storage
p Location of any signage used for event
p Location of garbage receptacles, town trash bins, and recycle rollouts
p Event parking restrictions must be noted on site plan / route map
If the event includes the distribution of alcohol by a non-Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABC) permitted organization or individual, a Special One-time Permit must be obtained from the ABC Commission. If the event includes the distribution of alcohol beyond the normal boundaries of an ABC permitted facility, an ABC Temporary Extension of Premises from the ABC Commission may be required. Additional ABC alcohol permit requirements are available on the NC ABC Commission website or by phone at (919) 779-0700. Event organizers are responsible for all aspects of their alcohol permit and should ensure that patrons are in compliance with relevant policies. Town of Fuquay-Varina Code of Ordinances Part 8 Offenses, Section 8-1002 Drinking on Town Property
Food Sales/Food Trucks
If the event includes the sell or preparation of food, a Wake County Temporary Food Establishment Permit from Wake County Environmental Services (WCES) may be required. The organizer is solely responsible for submitting applications on behalf of any food vendors they are allowing at their event. Town of Fuquay-Varina Code of Ordinances Part 8 Offenses, Chapter 5 General Health Regulations
All food trucks operating within the Fuquay-Varina town limits must obtain a Food Truck Permit. For more information about food truck permits and associated fees, please contact the Town of Fuquay-Varina Planning Department at (919) 552-1429.
Any noise activity outside a structure shall not be audible beyond the boundary of the property. Town of Fuquay-Varina Code of Ordinances Part 8 Offenses, Section 8-7001 Unreasonably loud noises, Section 8-7002 Noises expressly prohibited.
Open-air tents exceeding 1800 square feet (800 square feet for enclosed tents) require a permit from the Fire Marshal’s Office prior to any event. Other temporary structures such as bounce houses exceeding 400 square feet, amusement rides, water slides, and stages may also require a permit from the Fuquay-Varina Fire Marshal’s Office prior to any event. To apply for these permits, please fill out the Operational Fire Code Permit Application and the Permit Application for Temporary-Tent or Air Supported Structure and turn them in to the Inspections Department along with the indicated fee. For inspection appointments please contact the Fuquay-Varina Inspections Department at (919) 552-1433. For more information about the Fire Department’s requirements for Special Events, please contact the Fuquay-Varina Fire Marshal’s Office, emailreference the Fuquay-Varina Fire Department Special Event Application Checklist.
Fire Extinguishers and Generators
All fire extinguishers shall be inspected and available for immediate use. Fire extinguishers are required for all cooking operations. All fire extinguisher locations are to be approved by the Fuquay-Varina Fire Marshal’s Office.
Generators and refueling operations shall be separated from tents and membrane structures by a minimum of 20 feet. Generators shall be isolated from the public by an approved means. Portable generators are not allowed in enclosed areas.
For more information about the Fire Department’s requirements for Special Events, please reference the Fuquay-Varina Fire Department Special Event Application Checklist or contact the Fuquay-Varina Fire Marshal’s Office directly at email
Off-Duty Officers and Traffic Control
Off-duty officers may be required by the Town for public safety concerns, security, crowd control, noise, traffic management or any other law enforcement need as determined by the Chief of Police. To Hire an Officer for Your Event, contact the Police Department’s Special Events Coordinator, Captain Bob Adams, by phone at (919) 552-1423 or by email.
Temporary event signage is to be removed within 24 hours following the event. Event signage that does not follow Town regulations will be removed. If the Special Event Application is approved including provided signage information, then no other Town signage permit will be required for the event.
Banner Sign – No more than one (1) banner shall be permitted at one time.
A banner shall be displayed for a maximum of 14 calendar days.
A banner shall be no larger than 32 square feet and must be a minimum of ten (10) feet back from the curb or edge of pavement. Alternately, the banner may be affixed to the building for which the banner is intended.
Off Premise Signs – An Off-Premise Sign shall not exceed six (6) square feet and shall be no taller than 42 inches in height.
An Off-Premise Sign shall be located five (5) feet back from the curb or ten (10) feet back from the edge of the pavement where no sidewalk exists.
A maximum of four (4) Off-Premise Signs are permitted from 5pm Friday through 9am Monday.
For additional information, please refer to the Town of Fuquay-Varina Land Development Ordinance: Article L Signs, §9-1556 Temporary Sign Standard.
Races require Police Department approval prior to submitting an Application for Special Event Permit. Please contact the Fuquay-Varina Police Department’s Special Events Coordinator, Captain Bob Adams, by phone at (919) 552-1423 or by email.
Parades require Police Department approval prior to submitting an Application for Special Event Permit. Please contact the Fuquay-Varina Police Department’s Special Events Coordinator, Captain Bob Adams, by phone at 919-552-1423 or email.
Parades, Picket Lines and Group Demonstrations require completion of the Fuquay-Varina Police Department Permit for Parade, Picket Lines and/or Group Demonstrations
For additional information, please refer to the Town of Fuquay-Varina Code of Ordinances: Part 6 Licensing and Regulation; Chapter 2 Street & Sidewalk Use & Regulation; Article C Parades & Demonstrations.