Special events now require permits

  • Tue Jun 17th, 2008 8:19pm
  • News

In 2006 San Juan County adopted an ordinance that requires certain activities to obtain a Special Event Permit. This action requires all persons/organizations wishing to engage in these types of activities to obtain a Special Event Permit.

County Fire Marshal Rob Low said that, in general, any organized activity impacting county services or involving the use of or having impact on, public property, public facilities, sidewalks, medians, or street areas, this includes but is not limited to, fairs, festivals, parades, carnivals, foot runs, bicycle runs, activities at which booths, stalls, concessions, or food sales are allowed. Or which would significantly impact the need to provide emergency services such as police, fire or medical aid requires a permit.

Special Event Permits are required:

• to assure that an activity meets legal requirements of the use of public right of ways.

• to enable San Juan County to ensure that adequate services such as public safety, traffic control and sanitation are scheduled.

• to alert San Juan County to any unusual event that should be known to the providers of Emergency services.

•to assure that any inspections that are necessary are done.

Special event permits are $100 for a pre-event inspection and possible inspections during the event. The Fire Marshal has the discretion to extend the permit to cover multiple events if the layout remains unchanged, temporary structures and facilities remain in place throughout the permit’s time period, and all events covered by the permit are identical – meaning that the size, configuration, sponsor and relative fire hazard are unchanged from event to event. The Fire Marshal also has the authority to waive the fee for an event that is a not-for-profit fundraiser for a local cause.

To obtain a permit, contact the San Juan County Fire Marshal at 378-FIRE.

In 2006 San Juan County adopted an ordinance that requires certain activities to obtain a Special Event Permit. This action requires all persons/organizations wishing to engage in these types of activities to obtain a Special Event Permit.

County Fire Marshal Rob Low said that, in general, any organized activity impacting county services or involving the use of or having impact on, public property, public facilities, sidewalks, medians, or street areas, this includes but is not limited to, fairs, festivals, parades, carnivals, foot runs, bicycle runs, activities at which booths, stalls, concessions, or food sales are allowed. Or which would significantly impact the need to provide emergency services such as police, fire or medical aid requires a permit.

Special Event Permits are required:

• to assure that an activity meets legal requirements of the use of public right of ways.

• to enable San Juan County to ensure that adequate services such as public safety, traffic control and sanitation are scheduled.

• to alert San Juan County to any unusual event that should be known to the providers of Emergency services.

•to assure that any inspections that are necessary are done.

Special event permits are $100 for a pre-event inspection and possible inspections during the event. The Fire Marshal has the discretion to extend the permit to cover multiple events if the layout remains unchanged, temporary structures and facilities remain in place throughout the permit’s time period, and all events covered by the permit are identical – meaning that the size, configuration, sponsor and relative fire hazard are unchanged from event to event. The Fire Marshal also has the authority to waive the fee for an event that is a not-for-profit fundraiser for a local cause.

To obtain a permit, contact the San Juan County Fire Marshal at 378-FIRE.