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Special Event Permits
Individuals, organizations and agencies wishing to conduct public gatherings on
City of Greenville property are required to obtain a permit. This includes:
block parties, concerts, parades, carnivals, park events, races, road closings,
performances, filming, ceremonies and festivals. A Special Event Permit
Application must be filled out and returned 15 - 60 business days prior to the
start of the event.
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Event Application Categories include:
For further assistance please contact Special Events Manager Beth Rusch at (864)
A permit is required for anyone who operates an outdoor cafe on the sidewalks or public property in the Zoned C-4 District of the City. For further assistance, contact Will Young at 864-467-4484. Please view the below applications.
Renewals of Current Encroachment Permits - 2013-2014 Permit (from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014)
Street Performance Permits
Individuals wishing to perform for gratuities on City owned or operated sidewalks,
plazas, parks and other public spaces are required to obtain a street performance
permit at least 24 hours prior to performing. Street performance means acting, singing,
playing one or more musical instruments, dancing, miming, juggling, unicycling,
stilt walking, doing magic tricks, reciting, imitating statues and engaging in similar
acts of entertainment. Performances with flames or fireworks are excluded without
written authorization from the City Fire Marshal. Performances with knives, daggers,
swords and similar sharp instruments are excluded without written authorization
from the Greenville Police Department. Performances with chalk drawings on sidewalks
are excluded without written authorization from the City’s Public Works Department
Director. Performances with live animals are excluded. For more information, please
review the Street Performance Ordinance and Application, or contact the Special
Events division at 864-467-4494.
Street Performance Ordinance