Are you planning to hold an event in Squamish? Will it be a race, trail event, wedding, musical event, arts event, or something else? Are you planning to host your event on municipal land including parks, roads, trails or other municipal-owned land? If so, you are required to apply of for a Special Event Permit from the District of Squamish.
Read the Special Event Policy.
Depending on the size and location of your event, you may be required to provide a site map that indicates the location of your event in Squamish and the placement of fencing, washrooms, seating, stages, vendors, public access points, entertainment, and other infrastructure. If you are required to provide a detailed Traffic Management Plan or a Fire Safety Plan, you will be required to provide a map.
If you are planning to hold your event on District property, please contact email@example.com to confirm if the space needs to be booked and if it’s available. District property includes parks, fields and rooms at the Brennan Park Recreation Centre. Fees may apply and must be paid at Brennan Park Recreation Centre. Bookings should be made no more than one year in advance of your event. For all events held in District parks, you may also be required to attend a site walk with a District staff member (you will be contacted if this is required).
Providing adequate waste, recycling and composting containers and arranging for collection are the responsibility of the event. We encourage recycling and composting where possible.
As per the District of Squamish Wildlife Attractant Bylaw, you are responsible for keeping all refuse generated by the event in containers that are sufficient in size and number for your event. Containers must be emptied into a wildlife resistant container by midnight on each day of the event. As a general rule, we recommend at least 1 x 95 gallon tote per 200 people.
Depending on the location and number of attendees of your event, you may need to provide portable washrooms. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) requires 12 units per 1000 people, although this may vary depending on the length of the event, number of people and availability of other facilities nearby. A sanitation schedule may also be requested from VCH.
If a Waste Management Plan is required (you will be notified following the submission of your online Event Application Form), it should include the following:
Read the Wildlife Attractant Bylaw.
If you are planning to prepare, serve, provide and/or offer food and/or drinks to the public, and/or you are introducing new water systems, dispensing units or extensions to existing water systems, you must comply with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) guidelines. You may be required to apply for permits that are submitted to the Squamish VCH office at least 14 days in advance of your event.
For more information, visit www.vch.ca.
Where alcohol service is planned as part of your event, a Special Occasion Liquor Licence is required. Apply online at https://solo.bcldb.com.
You may also require Vancouver Coastal Health approval depending on the type of service and any beverage preparation.
You are responsible for ensuring that there is sufficient parking for your event, for arranging off-site parking if there is no available parking on-site, and for advising attendees of parking arrangements for the event. If relevant, you are also responsible for providing signage, barricades, parking or traffic control for your event, and for notifying BC Transit (Ph: 604.892.5559) of any potential bus route impacts. If a Traffic Management Plan is required (you will be notified following the submission of your online Event Application Form), it should include the following:
*If you require RCMP assistance with traffic control, please contact Squamish RCMP (Ph: 604.892.6100) for availability and an estimate.
If you are planning to use District roads and/or trails for your event, you are required to apply for a Traffic Work Permit. No fees apply.
Read the Traffic Regulation Bylaw.
Depending on the logistics of your event, you may be required to provide Squamish Fire Rescue with an Event Fire Safety Plan for approval. Events that may require a plan include those with fireworks, motorized stunts, road closures, fenced/enclosed exits, cooking facilities, and alcohol service. You will be notified following the submission of your online Event Application Form if an Event Fire Safety Plan is required.
Please contact the BC Safety Authority to ensure you have the necessary permits to ensure electrical, gas and propane safety for your event.
Amusement Devices - The Safety Standards Act applies to everyone who installs, alters, maintains or operates amusement devices including bouncy castles. It’s essential that you are familiar with the BC Safety Authority (BCSA) regulations and ensure that all operators of amusement devices at your event are permitted under the BCSA.
Hours of events within the District are from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week. If you are planning any event activities outside of these hours, you must apply for a Noise Exemption Permit (approval is not guaranteed). Permit fees apply.
Please notify the Film & Events Department if you would like to apply for a Noise Exemption Permit.
You are required to obtain and maintain, during the term of the event, a Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance policy providing coverage for $2M or $5M (depending on the type of event and level of risk) naming the District of Squamish as additional insured. After you have submitted your online Event Application Form, you will be notified of which amount of coverage is required for your event.
A copy of the insurance policy must be provided to the District prior to the issuance of your Special Event Permit.
If you are holding your event on District property, you are required to hold an approved Special Event Permit prior to your event. Fees apply and must be paid at Municipal Hall prior to your event.
For more information, visit Special Event Fees.
Visit Frequently Asked Questions for more information about hosting events in Squamish.
Contact the following agencies for more information:
BC Safety Authority
Gord Durocher, Safety Officer
Colin Hoffman, Manager
Brennan Park Bookings (including municipal parks)
1009 Centennial Way
Liquor Control & Licensing Branch
Holly Glenn, Inspector
Squamish Fire Rescue
Aaron Foote, Fire Prevention Officer
Staff Sergeant Brian Cumming
Vancouver Coastal Health
Jayne Corder, Environmental Health Officer
Festivals & Events Calendar
July 20, 2016
Traditional Squamish Nation blessing of Xwu’nekw Canoe Shelter planned for Thursday
*Update: View photos from the blessing ceremony here.
July 15, 2016
Artwork chosen for ‘Connecting Squamish Neighbourhoods’ public art project
The District of Squamish Public Art Select Committee is pleased to announce three permanent art installations by Squamish-based artist Christina Nick.