How To Get Started

What type of event are you planning?

Private event (by invitation only) on private property, without alcohol sales or service? 

  • Have fun, be safe, follow regular Municipal By-Laws. 
  • No application or permits required.

Private event (by invitation only) on private property, with alcohol sales or service? 

Public event (advertised and open to anyone) on private property, with alcohol sales or service?

Public or Private event on Municipal property, with or without alcohol?

  • Call your local Municipal Centre at 519-360-1998 to tentatively book the municipal location of your choice.
  • Complete the Special Events Application Form.
  • Provide the required Certificate(s) of Insurance, as well as any additional documentation outlined in the Special Events Manual.
  • Submit the signed Special Event Application Form, and supporting documents, by emailing it to or in person to a Customer Service Representative at your local Municipality of Chatham-Kent Service Centre.

Download the Special Events Application Form and the Special Events Manual for complete information. Failure to comply with the requirements set out in the manual and/or with any relevant policies, procedures or Municipal By-Laws may result in the refusal of an event permit, ticketing or closure of the event.

Event applications should be submitted at least eight (8) weeks prior to your event date to allow for the processing and approval of your permit. Municipal staff will notify you of any additional information required for processing and will provide you with the approved permit and accompanying conditions, requirements and/or restrictions.

For more information, please email your questions to or call 519-360-1998 to speak to a Customer Service Representative.

Special Event Organizer Information and Support

The Special Events Coordinator would be happy to connect with both new and returning community organizers to discuss how to create a successful, fun and safe event being held on municipal property. Please email to arrange a meeting or phone call.

How to Fill Out a Special Event Application - Video