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Special Events

The Special Events Office of the Memphis Police Department is responsible for maintaining a smooth flow of traffic during special events. Please contact the Special Events Lieutenant at 901-274-8154 for timely coordination, prior to applying for a permit.

Special Events Office | 901.636.4685

All block parties, parades, walks, runs, street closures and public assemblies require a permit. These permits insure that traffic in the city remains safe.

The City of Memphis Permits Office issues all permits for street closures, parades, runs, walks, and public assemblies. All applications for events that request temporary structures in the street or right-of-way are REQUIRED to go before City Council for approval. The permits MUST be filed 3 weeks PRIOR to the event. These structures include, but are not limited to, stages, platforms, facades, banners, and port-a-potties. City Council requests all applicants needing temporary structures come before them as part of the request.

If the event requires street closure the applicant/sponsor is responsible for:

  1. Obtaining a $1 million dollar liability insurance policy naming the City of Memphis as an additional insured;
  2. Obtaining and providing barricades to close the street;
  3. Obtaining and providing uniform security guards at each street closure.

For further information call the Permits Office at 901-545-4080.


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