Organize a public metropolitan event

Last updated February 6, 2024

Do you want to organize a metropolitan sports, cultural or community event on public property? First you need to get a permit. Find out how to apply.

A metropolitan event is larger and more far-reaching than a local event. The use of public property is a privilege that comes with responsibilities. You must apply for a permit if you want to organize a metropolitan event.

Who can apply for a permit?

Legally incorporated non-profit organizations (NPOs) in good legal standing with governments and authorities may apply to hold an event. You are responsible for the organization and financing of the event.

How do you apply?

You must submit an application to hold an event on public property. You can find important information in the promoters’ guide. 

Applications must be submitted 90 days prior to the event. This period is required to give the city time to analyze the request, plan the event, consult with the public, parapublic and private stakeholders involved, coordinate the event, issue permits and prepare and submit exemptions from municipal regulations, mainly related to sales of products and food, sound amplification and alcohol consumption.

To organize a cultural festival or event, please contact the Division festivals et événements. To organize another type of event, you must complete the public event application and submit it with all required documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


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Service de la culture - Division festivals et événements

801, rue Brennan – Pavillon Duke 5e étage
Montréal, QC H3C 0G4