The City of Pocatello recognizes special events as an important part of Pocatello. Each year, the City of Pocatello receives many requests from individuals and groups to conduct special events in City parks. These events enhance tourism, provide an economic benefit to businesses, promote cultural diversity and provide affordable entertainment. The City of Pocatello’s special event process has been designed to ensure these events are enjoyable and safe.
A Special Event is defined as a preplanned single gathering, one-day event or reoccurring gathering or event of entertainment, cultural, recreational, educational, political, religious or sporting nature, or of any other nature that:
- Is open to the public.
- Is held at a City park;
- Impacts City parks and common areas, or City resources.
- May or may not have vendors to sell, give away or collect donation for goods, services, information, or food/beverages.
- Unless otherwise permitted to do so, proposes to sell serve alcohol publicly; or,
- Intends to broadcast amplified sound or generate unusual noise.
Examples of Special Events include, but are not limited to, these types of events:
Fun Runs, Church Services, one day fundraisers, fairs, group gatherings or meetings, festivals, community events, mass participation sports (such as marathons and running events, bicycle races or tours, sports tournaments) and/or other organized activity conducted for a common or collective use.
Excluded from this requirement are venues that are permitted to hold such activities according to the property’s zoning designation or through an approved Special Use Permit.