Every special event conducted within Palatka's city limits must obtain a special event permit. All such events must adhere to City guidelines and comply with the terms, conditions, and requirements specified in the issued permit.
The first step in receiving a Special Events permit from the City of Palatka is figuring out which class your event falls. The definitions are below. Don’t worry if you have any questions, you can always call the City’s Special Events Coordinator at (386) 329-0100 ext. 331.
A very large event is a Class A event. If you expect more than 1,000 people, you are holding a Class A event.
Any Class A permit for an event held on public or private property that impacts city service must be approved by the city commission. The permit application with recommendations made by the special events committee will be placed on the agenda for action by the city commission after the special events committee meeting has taken place.
If you expect more than 100 and less than 1,000, you are holding a Class B event.
Class B special events are those events which by design are intended to attract more than 100 and less than 1,000 patrons or spectators on any peak attendance day and are generally limited to a local target market and also fishing tournaments and regattas with at least 40 boats but no more 100 boats. The special events coordinator shall approve Class B applications upon receiving recommendations from the special events committee. Hours of operation shall be no earlier than 8 a.m. and no later than 12 a.m., except fishing tournaments that may commence one hour before sunrise and event preparation may commence the day before. The special events coordinator shall approve Class B applications upon receiving staff recommendations. No amplified sound shall be permitted before 1 p.m. on Sundays or before 10 a.m. on any other day. Variances to the above limitations and any other Municipal Code standards shall require city commission approval.
An event with less than 101 participants or spectators is a Class C event.
Class C special events are those events that have 100 or fewer patrons or spectators on any peak attendance day. These events shall include the use of city-owned or controlled property when such property is not open to the general public. Class C events may also include fishing tournaments and regattas with less than 40 boats. Class C Events that will not, in the estimation of the special events coordinator, create impacts set forth in the definition of a special event are not considered to be special events. The special events coordinator shall approve Class C applications upon receiving recommendations from the special events committee.