The District of Columbia is host to more than five hundred public special events annually. A Special Event is an event such as a festival, road race, parade, film shoots, marathon, walkathon etc., held in private or public space. Such events may feature entertainment, amusements, food and beverages and other activities requiring the assistance and compliance of various city agencies. The primary responsibility of the special events office is to review the safety components of your event and to provide guidance in the interest of public safety. Additionally, service request in support of special events can be contracted through our agency as well.
Service request may be made in the form of but not limited to the following:
Command and Control
Fire and Life Safety
Water Safety and Rescue
All request and approval for service is contingent upon the approval and availability of the DC Fire and EMS Department resources. Service request for your event can be submitted by using the link below.
Service request for special events support can be submitted online along with any and all required documentation. Please review the list of required documents and ensure these documents are available before a special event service request is made. Upon receiving your request for service for your event, a representative from our Special Events Office will contact you by email or phone and serve as your primary point of contact during the processing of the request. All documents and deposits (if required) must be signed and returned to the Special Events Office no later than thirty (30) days prior to the event. Please be as detailed as possible for your service request to speed the process along.
Cancellations must be made in writing, sent and addressed to:
Homeland Security and Special Operations
DC Fire and EMS Department
1338 Park Road NW
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: (202) 673-6614
Any event may require additional permits, approvals, or services from other agencies in city government. The list below is inclusive of however; not limited additional review, permitting and service requirements for special events: