A special event permit is required for most temporary events with an estimated number of participants and spectators of 75 or more during any day of the event.

The motion picture industry creates jobs for the development of the creative arts industry, as does the production of TV programs, commercials, and video games.

The purpose of the banner program is to add life and color to the city’s streetscape, and to promote special events and other cultural or sporting activities of benefit to the city.

Neighborhood Farmers Markets are promoted to support the local economy, encourage healthy living and to create a more positive image of the city for its citizens.


We hope this website will be informative and useful as you begin planning your special event or commercial filming. The Office of Special Events also permits street pole banners associated with a special event & neighborhood farmers markets.

The Office of Special Events is the regulatory authority of permitting outdoor special events and commercial filming activity in the City of Dallas. The Office of Special Events is governed by city code Ordinance Ch.42A Special Events. The Office of Special Events permits more than 800 special events and commercial film shoots each year. The events, which range in size from 75 people to 300,000 people, connect our communities and showcase the best of what the City of Dallas and our citizens have to offer.

From parades to foot races to street festivals, and movies to documentaries to commercials the Office of Special Events staff looks forward to assisting you with your special event or commercial filming permit needs.