Plan an Event

Topic Areas

This guide is divided into topic areas listed below. Each topic area includes:

  • An overview of the topic, approvals and permits and when required
  • Key contacts
  • Checklist/process
  • Timelines
  • Fees and Costs
  • Applications, Guidelines and Reference Materials
  • Associated areas and permits

Topic Areas - Table of Contents


Information on 311 and how to submit information.


Topic and information page about planning accessible special events


Information about serving alcohol at special events. Requirements from the AGCO and the City of Toronto.

Amusement Rides/Devices

Information on requirement to operate an amusement device, such as a carnival ride, at a special event.


Information on by-laws and restrictions regarding having animals as part of a special event in Toronto.

Arts & Music in the Park

New, simplified permit process for grass-roots organizations/collectives/artists for small performances in parks.

Bridge Banners

Information on how to apply for permission to erect banners on expressway bridges in Toronto.


Information on erecting buildings, structures and tents during a special event including when a Toronto Building Permit is required.

Civic Squares - Outdoor

Information on booking outdoor City of Toronto civic squares for special events including guidelines and contacts.


Information on requirements to discharge, sell and purchase fireworks in Toronto including how to get Toronto Fire approval for fireworks displays.


Information on Liability Insurance required by the City of Toronto for special events at city venues and for city permits


Information on how to organize a parade in Toronto and apply for assistance from Toronto Police Services

Water / Wastewater

Information about water and wastewater at events including using fire hydrants and HTO to Go.