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Event Rental and Permit Information

Any event taking place on or in City of Lethbridge roadways or public land (such as parks) that is open to the general public is registered through Recreation & Culture. Examples of special events are rallies, walks/runs, fundraisers, car shows, block parties, road closures, etc.

Recreation & Culture 403-320-3011 or

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a Special Event permit?

  • Use of public land in an organized fashion can obtain a permit
  • Weddings, festivals, parades, fundraisers, races, etc. are examples of a special event
  • By obtaining a permit the group ensures the space is available to them and there will be limited obstacles during their event (mowing, sprinklers, etc.)

What are the insurance requirements and where do I obtain insurance?

  • A liability insurance policy of no less than two million dollars that includes a “Cross Liability Clause” naming the City of Lethbridge as an additional insured
  • Obtain your insurance from an insurance broker of your choosing

Where do I get a Special Event permit?

  • A permit is issued by contacting Recreation & Culture
  • Application form submissions are recommended at least one month prior to the event
  • The application form will start the approval process

What happens once I submit an application form?

  • The application form will be checked for date and location availability
  • More complex applications may require approval from multiple departments and could take 2 – 4 weeks
  • Once approved a copy of the permit will be sent to the applicant. If more details are required; the applicant will be contacted and a meeting will be set up with all parties involved

How long does the approval process take?

  • Depending upon the complexity of the event approvals can take a minimum of 2 weeks
  • For major events the planning process can take several months for all parties involved
  • Ensure you allow enough time when submitting your application form

Where do I obtain a liquor permit?

  • Most liquor permits can be obtained through any liquor store or online at
  • Special event liquor permits (beer gardens) are obtained from the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Agency

What happens if someone else requests the same date & location as I do?

  • Events that happened previously take priority for date and location
  • If both events are new a meeting will be set up with all parties involved to try to accommodate all needs
  • At this time only one event will be approved in a specific location at the same date/time

Who do I call after hours if I need help with my event?

  • Special event onsite staff 403-315-4215 or 403-393-7983