Special Event Rules and Regulations
What is a Temporary Special Event?
A Temporary Special Event is any outdoor activity that is open to the public and held at a specific time and place on City-owned property. Public events held on private property with an attendance of 250 or more may also be considered a Temporary Special Event as determined by the City.
Event on City-Owned Property
Any organization that wishes to hold an event on City-owned property must complete a Temporary Special Event Application to be considered for a Temporary Special Event Permit.
Public Event on Private Property
Any public event held on private property with an anticipated attendance of 250 or more and which includes any of the following must complete a Pre-Application to determine if the event will require a Temporary Special Event Permit:
- Activities involving entertainment, amplified sound, food, beverages, merchandise sales, festivals, carnivals, circuses, sporting events, trade shows, craft shows, car shows, public dances, concerts, or performances.
- The increase or disruption of the normal flow of traffic on any street or highway caused by the event.
- The use of City facilities, including City-owned parking lots and City-owned restrooms.
- The use of City services that would not be necessary in the absence of such an event.
- Mobile food vehicles as part of the event. Visit the food truck page for mobile food vehicle regulations and licensing.
- Pre-Application for Public Events on Private Property
How do I Apply for a Temporary Special Event Permit?
Complete the Temporary Special Event Application below and submit it, along with the following, to the Communications Department at least 60 days prior to the requested event date:
- $25 application fee
- Certificate of Insurance
- Complete Vendor List
- Letter of Approval from Private Property Owner, if applicable
Please read the Temporary Special Event Guidelines carefully below before submitting your Temporary Special Event Application, as you are expected to adhere to the policies stated below. Call our Communications Department at 330-342-1706 or email us if you have questions about holding events in Hudson.
Each event organizer is responsible for fees for City services and staff provided for an event.
The fees listed are 2016 rates. The City will charge all new events and current events that are requesting additional services for costs associated with providing those City services and staffing.
After the event, the City of Hudson will send the event organizer an invoice outlining the cost of the services provided by the City. Payment is due upon receipt. In some cases, a deposit or payment prior to the event may be required.
- Road Closures - $300 per closure and per reopening, if a second trip is required
- Police Services - $57 per hour, per officer (4 hour minimum)
- Electric - $25 per hookup/pedestal
- Water - $25 per hookup
All new events and requests for additional electric services for current events will be billed at a cost of $25 for each electric hookup or pedestal. Electric requirements, including types of equipment and wattage, should be included on the Temporary Special Event Application and locations indicated on the Site Map.
The City does not provide or rent generators, light towers, cord covers, or extension cords for events.
Water hookups are available at several locations. These hookups are not for drinking water. New events, and events requesting additional water hookups will be charged $25 per hookup. A description of what the water will be used for should be included on the Temporary Special Event Application, and the locations of the water hookups should be indicated on the Site Map.
The City discourages closing roads for events and has final say regarding requests for closures. All road closures and lane restrictions must be set up and removed by City of Hudson staff. Requested road closures must be indicated on the Site Map.
- All new events and requests for additional road closures for current events will be billed at a cost of $600 for each road closure and reopening, if two separate trips must be made.
- Any closed road must must maintain a minimum of 18 feet of roadway clear and be accessible to emergency vehicles.
Police Security / Crowd Control
All new events and requests for additional police officers for current events will be billed at a cost of $57 per hour, per police officer. Officers must be scheduled for a minimum of four hours. The Hudson Police Department will have the final determination of the appropriate number of police officers required for an event. The event organizer is responsible for providing adequate security for an event and for hiring overnight security if needed. The City does not provide overnight security.
All events must adhere to fire safety regulations and requirements. It is the event organizer's responsibility to contact the Hudson Fire Department to schedule inspections. Inspections should be scheduled well in advance of the event date. Contact the Hudson Fire Department at 330-342-1860 for all fire safety regulations, requirements, and inspections.
The City of Hudson will determine if Hudson Emergency Medical Services coverage is required and the amount of service required for safe operation of the event. The event organizer may be required to make arrangements for first aid and emergency medical services to be provided on-site.
All events must adhere to the following regulations as well as our Special Event Policy approved by City Council. Violations of the Special Event Policy could prevent your event from being approved and could be subject to a $100 fine.
Event Insurance / Indemnification
All events must maintain general liability insurance with coverage for personal injury and property damage incurred by people attending the event, damage to property or equipment used during the event, and property damage to City property caused by organizers, sponsors, vendors, volunteers, or visitors to the event.
General insurance coverage must include:
- $1 million dollars in coverage per occurrence
- The City of Hudson must be specifically named as an additional insured
- The Hold Harmless/Indemnification Agreement on the Temporary Special Event Application must be signed by an authorized representative of the organization
ATTENTION VENDORS: PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR FORMS DIRECTLY TO THE CITY. THEY MUST BE SUBMITTED TO YOUR EVENT ORGANIZER. THE CITY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR APPLICATIONS, INSURANCE CERTIFICATES OR OTHER EVENT DOCUMENTATION SENT DIRECTLY TO US, NOR WILL WE CONSIDER THEM COMPLETE IF SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO US.
Event organizers must submit a Vendor List with the organization's Temporary Special Event Application 60 days prior to the event date indicating all vendors who will participate in your event and what they will do, sell, demonstrate, cook, make, hand out, etc.
Event Organizers are responsible for obtaining a Vendor Application and Certificate of Insurance for the coverage and requirements listed above from each vendor who will participate in their event and must submit them to the City for approval no later than 30 days prior to the event date. The vendor insurance is in addition to the overall Event Insurance. The Hold Harmless/Indemnification Agreement on the Vendor Application must be signed by an authorized representative of the Vendor's organization.
Late submission of Vendor Applications or missing documents may jeopardize a vendor's participation in the event.
Event organizers may obtain vendor applications by emailing the Communications Department or calling 330-342-1706.
Music and/or noise must be kept at a reasonable volume. All music, noise, or other sounds during your event must not begin before 7:30 a.m. or continue after 10:00 p.m. on any day of the week. The City reserves the right to shut down the source of the disturbance and/or the event, and if necessary, remove the power sources to the event if regulations are not followed.
Set Up / Tear Down
Set up and tear down must occur between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Events may not set up prior to 6:00 p.m. on the day before the event opens, and must tear down immediately after the event. No roads, parking spaces, or other public access can be blocked during set up or tear down. Vehicles, trucks, carts, or other motorized equipment are not permitted on City greens, sidewalks, or tree lawn areas.
Event organizers must include a detailed parking plan on the Temporary Special Event Application that will accommodate the number of guests expected. If a shuttle will be used, the Application must indicate the route and pickup/drop-off points. These areas should also be indicated on the Site Map. The shuttle company must provide proof of insurance. All parking plans should not impact parking for retail and restaurant establishments. For larger events, volunteers may be required to direct traffic to the designated parking areas and/or shuttle service must be provided.
Tents / Temporary Structures
The number, size, and location of tents must be approved by the City and must be submitted as part of your Site Map. No tent stakes are allowed on City property. All tents and temporary structures such as stages must be anchored with water barrels, sandbags, or alternative methods that do not involve tent stakes.
If you are erecting tents on privately owned property, the event organizer is responsible for calling OUPS to make sure all utilities are marked (1-800-362-2764).
Tents or temporary structures that together are greater than 400 square feet with closed sides require permits and inspections from the Summit County Department of Building Standards (330-630-7280) and the Hudson Fire Department (330-342-1860). It is the event organizer’s responsibility to contact the County and Hudson Fire Department to receive the proper inspections and permits prior to the beginning of the event.
Portable Toilets / Hand-Washing Facilities
Portable toilet and sink facilities are required for larger events. The event organizer must contract for those services from an outside vendor. The City recommends 1 portable restroom facility for every 500 people, if permanent restroom facilities are not available. The City must approve the number, location, delivery dates/times, and pickup dates/times no later than 30 days prior to the event. No traffic may be obstructed or roads blocked during delivery or removal of these facilities. Facilities must be removed immediately following the event.
Trash / Clean Up / Recycling
The event organizer is responsible for sanitation, clean-up, and trash collection during and after the event. The name and contact information of individuals and/or groups responsible for cleaning up during and after the event must be indicated on the Temporary Special Event Application.
Permanent City trash containers in the vicinity of the event must be emptied by the event organizer as needed throughout and after the event. For larger events, you may be required to rent additional trash receptacles. All litter, trash, garbage, and scraps must be placed in plastic bags and disposed of by the event organizer.
The event organizer is responsible for renting temporary dumpsters, if necessary. Placement locations must be approved by the City. The City will provide recycling containers if requested on the Temporary Special Event Application. The event organizer is responsible for emptying those containers.
If the event organizer fails to properly clean up the venue or causes damage to Hudson property or facilities, the City of Hudson will bill the event organizer for the City’s costs to clean and/or repair the damaged areas. If damage occurs, Hudson may deny an application for a future Special Event, or require a cash deposit or surety bond for any future event held in Hudson.
Food / Beverages
All food and beverage services must adhere to regulations by the Summit County Public Health Department (330-926-5600), including obtaining a permit if required. In general, food that is not being sold does not require a permit. However, it is the event organizer's responsibility to contact Summit County Public Health to ensure the proper permits are obtained.
A list of all food and beverage vendors, along with what they will sell, cook, or serve, must be submitted to the City 30 days prior to the event. The event organizer must submit Vendor Applications and Vendor Insurance Certificates for each food/beverage vendor. The City reserves the right to deny permission for any vendor to sell or serve food on public property.
Food Preparation / Cooking
Food vendors must adhere to all policies and laws governing preparation, cooking, selling or serving food. The Summit County Health Department will serve as the principal agency in monitoring and enforcing the requirements of food vendors. If a vendor fails to meet or maintain the requirements for food handling and preparation and/or proper waste disposal, that vendor will not be permitted to participate in the event. For temporary license information, contact the Summit County General Health District at 330-926-5600.
Vendors who are cooking or preparing food on site must contact the Hudson Fire Department for rules and safety regulations. Failure to comply with these safety regulations will be cause for the vendor to leave the event. Vendors should contact HFD (330-342-1860) well in advance for the fire inspection checklist and requirements.
Food Trucks / Mobile Food Vehicles
All mobile food vehicles/food trucks are required to apply for and receive an annual permit to operate in the City of Hudson. If the event organizer wishes to use food trucks at the event, the owner/operator of the food truck must be listed on the event Vendor List as an approved vendor, complete and submit a Vendor Application to their event organizer, and the organizer must provide the City with a copy of the Mobile Food Vehicle's permit and Vendor Application.
Mobile Food Vehicles may not pull up and operate near an existing event without being an approved vendor by the event. As with any vendor cooking or preparing food, inspections by the Hudson Fire Department (330-342-1860) are required. For food truck/mobile food vehicle licensing information and the application, visit the food truck page. Please contact the Community Development Department at (330) 342-1790 or via email with any questions.
Alcoholic beverages may not be sold or distributed on public property or public streets. If alcohol is served on private property that is part of a larger public event, the event organizer must ensure that the sale of alcohol adheres to the regulations set by the State of Ohio. For private property liquor sales, a Special Event Liquor Permit must be obtained from the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control. When received, a copy must be sent to the City of Hudson. It is the event organizer's responsibility to ensure that alcoholic beverages will not be carried into public areas.
Any event that includes the sale of alcoholic beverages will require having City of Hudson Police Officers on-hand. The number of Officers and times will be determined by the Hudson Police Department.
Entertainment / ActivitiesCertain forms of entertainment or activities are not permitted on City property or must be approved by the City of Hudson:
- Music/Stages/Amplification - The number of stages, the number of bands/performers, and a schedule of bands/performers must be submitted with the Application.
- Inflatables - Event organizers must carry additional insurance for inflatables and they must be inspected by the Hudson Fire Department upon set up. The City of Hudson reserves the right to deny any inflatable requests.
- Amusement rides, carnivals, or circuses - These activities are not permitted on City property.
- Live animals, petting zoos, or other animal exhibits or animal rides - These activities are not permitted on City property.
- Gambling, games of change, lotteries and/or Bingo - These activities are not permitted on City property.
- Fireworks, rockets, lasers, and pyrotechnics - These activities require additional insurance, a permit from the Hudson Fire Department, and fire inspections. See the "Fireworks / Pyrotechnics" section for more information.
Fireworks / PyrotechnicsPublic fireworks displays and the use of pyrotechnics or special effects require a separate Fireworks Permit from the Hudson Fire Department. Applications for a Fireworks/Pyrotechnic Displays Permit must be submitted to the City of Hudson Fire Department at least 30 days prior to a performance. A valid Certificate of General Liability Insurance is required that will be in effect for the duration of the event and will cover claims up to $3 million per occurrence. The City of Hudson must be listed as an additional insured on the certificate. Please contact the Hudson Fire Department about rules and regulations regarding fireworks.
For approval of a Special Event Application, a Site Map must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the event. The Site Map must define the event area being permitted and include all of the following features and information, if applicable:
- All affected streets, alleys and rights-of-way, including those that will be closed by an event
- Location of all barricades (barricades will be provided, placed, and removed by the City)
- Location of all tents and temporary structures that will be erected at the event
- Location of all vendors – fixed and mobile
- Sources of electrical supply, including permanent electrical power sources and portable generators
- Location of water hookups
- Location of all dumpsters and trash receptacles
- Location of stages that will be used or placed at the event
- Entrances and exits
- Designated parking areas
- Permanent and portable restroom facilities
Email: Communications Department
Mail or Drop Off: Communications Department, 115 Executive Parkway, Suite 400, Hudson, Ohio 44236.
Contact the Communications Department at 330-342-1706 with any questions or concerns.
Signs and Banners for Temporary Special Events
Weddings on City Property