Special Event Permits

Please note that in light of precautions issued by the Colorado Governor to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the City of Wheat Ridge will not be issuing special event permits through October 15, 2020.  We will reassess this decision after that date and apologize for any inconvenience.

In order to limit the potential spread of COVID-19, the City Council ordered the closing of City Hall, Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, the Active Adult Center, and the Anderson Park building to all public business on May 15, 2020 and has recently partially re-opened those facilities, mostly by an appointment only policy. Along with many City employees, we will continue to work with the public by telephone, email, and through the City’s website where you can find the most current information and instructions on how to access City services or make an appointment for an in-person meeting.

Please know that the Wheat Ridge City Council is responding to the most up-to-date guidance from federal, state, and local public health officials. This public health emergency is evolving very quickly and more changes affecting our daily lives may be on the horizon. We will continue to monitor these changes and provide you with the latest information on our website and on City social media outlets. (Facebook, Twitter and NextDoor)

We appreciate your patience as we do our best to respond to your questions and your service needs. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

NEW CITY NOISE ORDINANCE RESTRICTIONS

The new Noise Ordinance went into effect on Friday, September. 18, 2020.  The ordinance requires a permit for Amplified Sound at events held indoors, outdoors or both.  

In residential and commercial areas of the City, the new ordinance applies a standard or reasonableness to any sound emitted.  Unreasonable noise is defined as any excessive or unusually loud sound, or any sound which disturbs the peace and quiet of any neighborhood or causes damage to any property or business.

City Council also made provisions in the new ordinance to allow business and qualified organizations to apply in advance for a new type of permit, an Amplified Sound Event Permit, or ASEP.  If an ASEP is approved, there are still limits on an Amplified Sound Event. 

First, the applicant must notify businesses and residences within 300 feet (measured to the nearest point along the property line of the event site) at least 7 days in advance of the event by distributing flyers door to door, and by posting a notice prominently at the location specified in the permit.  Second, even with an ASEP, the sound level emanating from the event property may not exceed 75 dB when measured anywhere along or within the property boundary of the receiving location.

The ASEP application is available online and must be submitted to the City Clerk 21 days prior to the event. The application will be approved, approved with conditions or denied after review with the Wheat Ridge Police Department and other City departments as appropriate. Amplified sound event permits will not be issued between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. Sun-Thurs and between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. Fri. and Sat. 

ASEP may be issued for any one location up to six times per year (any rolling 12-month period). To apply for a permit http://bit.ly/ASEPpermit 

Any activity or noise source conducted or caused by an activity conducted OR sponsored or approved by the city shall be exempt from the requirements of Sec. 16-103  of the Wheat Ridge Code of Laws.

For more information about the City’s Noise Ordinance http://bit.ly/WRNoiseOrdFAQ Questions can be directed to the City Clerk at cityclerk@ci.wheatridge.co.us or at 303-235-2816.

Colorado Law

The City of Wheat Ridge follows the Colorado Revised Statutes for Special Event Permits as follows:

44-5-101. Special licenses authorized. The state or local licensing authority, as defined in articles 4 and 3 of this title, may issue a special event permit for the sale, by the drink only, of fermented malt beverages, as defined in section 44-5-103, or the sale, by the drink only, of malt, spirituous, or vinous liquors, as defined in section 44-3-103, to organizations and political candidates qualifying under this article, subject to the applicable provisions of articles 4 and 3 of this title and to the limitations imposed by this article.

Qualifications of organizations for permit:

A. Organizations that are incorporated under the laws of this state for nonprofit purposes, including but not limited to, for social, fraternal, patriotic, political, educational or athletic purposes, and not for pecuniary gain.

B. Local governmental entities, including special districts.

C. Any non-profit or charitable organization that is incorporated or registered with the Colorado secretary of state.

D. A regularly chartered branch, lodge, or chapter of a national organization or society organized for such purposes and being non-profit in nature.

E. A regularly established religious or philanthropic institution.

F. A state institution of higher education, to include each principal campus of such institution.

G. Any political candidate who has filed the necessary reports and statements with the secretary of state pursuant to article 45 of title 1, C.R.S. political as used in article 5 of title 44, shall mean any political organization as defined in section 1-1-104, C.R.S. However, no permit shall be required for those individuals or candidates campaigning or running for public office and who sponsor fund raising activities when such activities are held in a private residence and there is no cash bar in operation.

It is strongly recommended that anyone considering applying for a Special Events permit read the Colorado Revised Statutes prior.

Liquors – SPECIAL EVENT PERMITS, Article 5, Title 44, C.R.S.

Special Event Guidelines:

Click here for the City of Wheat Ridge Special Event permit application packet

Applications and Fees by Event Type:

Malt, Vinous & Spirituous Event

  •  Special Event Permit Application
  •  $50.00 per day to the City of Wheat Ridge

 Fermented Malt Beverages (Beer Only)

  •  Special Event Permit Application
  •  $10.00 per day to the City of Wheat Ridge