Major Event Planning Resources

As events return to the Frederick community, The City of Frederick knows there are many questions regarding events and event preparations given the ongoing and ever-changing pandemic safety regulations. To aid event planners and coordinators with their questions, this is the one-stop-shop for those planners looking for permits and other approval structures. 

COVID-19 GUIDANCE (last updated 5/27/2021)

  • City Parks and Recreation: 
    • Face coverings are required for gatherings of 50 people or more at all pavilions and outdoor facilities, as well as in the bandshell, bleachers, and stadium seating within City parks.  The change is in line with the State of Maryland order that requires face coverings at large venues. All park guests are encouraged to continue wearing face coverings, maintain distance from people outside of their household, and wash hands frequently.
    • The Parade/Walk/Race permit application process has resumed for events of 250 or less.  Please be advised that only posted, pre-approved city routes will be considered.  Special routes will not be considered at this time.   Applications will only be processed, and permits issued if the event/activity adheres to mass gathering and capacity guidelines as issued by the State, County, and City. Users must submit a COVID Plan.  Users are encouraged to practice physical distancing, wear a mask when unable to socially distance, practice proper hand hygiene.  

TIMING CONSIDERATIONS

  • Temporary Food Service Permit must be applied for 2 weeks prior to the event date, in order to allow time for processing and approval.
  • Liquor Permit must be applied for 2 weeks prior to the event date, in order to allow time for processing and approval.
  • Non-Large Event City Permits must be submitted at least 45 days prior to date of event. 
  • Large Event City Permits must be submitted at least 90 days prior to date of event.  
  • For insurance needs, event planners are experiencing many delays. Submit your requests as early as you can.