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Police: Special event permit

The Howard County Code requires the issuance of a permit for any activities which impede "the normal movement of vehicular and/or pedestrian traffic through and along the public streets, highways or roads in Howard County."

For events requiring police assistance, dates and times are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Prior to submitting your Special Event Permit Application, review the Special Event Availability Calendar by selecting the link below to determine if permit applications are being accepted for your event date.

The Special Event Calendar is available to afford sponsors of events the opportunity to determine if Special Event Permits are being accepted for the proposed date of their event. Applications will be accepted up to 1 year in advance of the event date. Applications must be received at least 21 days prior to the date of the event. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Rain dates will not be accepted as part of the application process.

If you are planning an event for which a permit is required, please download a copy of the below form, complete it and save it with the name and date of your event as the document name (for example, Winter 5K Run - 01-15-2014.) Attach your completed application to an email and send it to policepermits@howardcountymd.gov.


Please call 410-313-4756 if you need assistance.


Special Event Availability Calendar for 2015    

Special Event Availability Calendar for 2016     


Special Event Permit Application