Special Event Application

If you plan to host an event in the City of Ferndale, you must complete and submit a Special Event Permit Application 2017. There are a number of crucial aspects to consider when planning an event—including parking, required permits, and issues of legality—and our Special Events Director will work with you to ensure a safe and successful event. 

What you'll need to complete this application:

  • An accurate estimation of maximum attendance
  • Site map of the event area, including site locations, facilities, parks, pavilions, etc.
  • A meeting with the Director of Special Events to review and evaluate the details of the application for clarification of requirements and fees
Small events (fewer than 500 attendees) will also need:
  • To apply at least 90 days prior to the event date(s)
  • Information about use of public property, street and/or parking lot closures, and special parking
  • Information about cleanup plans and waste management
Large events (500 or more attendees) will also need:
  • To apply at least 180 days prior to the event date(s)
  • Information about use of public property, street and/or parking lot closures, and special parking.
  • Information about cleanup plans and waste management
Additional requirements, if proposed in a Special Event Application:
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance to include the City of Ferndale as “additional insured”
  • Temporary Liquor License from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC)
  • Temporary License from the Oakland County Health Department
  • Written approval for private property use
  • Contract for private security service use, approved by Ferndale Police Department
  • Contract for portable restrooms, including cleaning schedule
  • Other necessities as determined by the Director of Special Events and/or the Special Events Committee
Fees
Application fees are based on the Special Event Classification, a determination made by assessing the potential liability risk. The application fees are non-refundable and must be paid in advance to begin the special events process.
  • Class 1: low hazard—no physical activity by participants and no severe exposure to spectators; ex. social gatherings, seminars, theatrical performances, and auctions
  • Class 2: moderate hazard—limited physical activity by participants and no severe exposure to spectators; ex. dances, animal shows, flea markets, parades, and picnics
  • Class 3: high hazard—major participation by participants and/or moderate exposure to spectators; ex. parades with floats, marathons or races, and circuses/carnivals
  • Class 4: severe hazard—severe exposure to spectators and/or participants; ex. alcoholic beverage sales, vehicle shows, fireworks, and ice-carving events
Use of City Parks, Pavilions, and Facilities
Contact the Kulick Community Center at 248-544-6768 to secure parks, pavilions, and/or public facilities. A copy of your rental agreement must be submitted with the Special Events Application. 

For more information about special events, contact:
Michael Lary, Special Events Director
248-546-2361
mlary@ferndalemi.gov