Any person or organization who intends to host a special event within the City of Oberlin is required to submit a Special Events Permit Application.  The application packet below provides instructions to guide and assist you in the preparation and processing of your Special Event Permit.  Please note that several City, County and State agencies have an interest in your special event and depending on the type of event and the kinds of activities you are planning, you may need to contact these other agencies.

Please read all of the information packet and instructions before you begin completing the application form.  Most common questions will be answered as you read through all of the information.  If you still have questions, you may contact City Hall at (440) 775-7182.


Click HERE for the Special Event Permit Application Packet

**NOTE: You may fill in the application using Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.  However, the electronic signature option is only available in Adobe Acrobat, version 6 or later.  If you do not have Adobe Acrobat, you may still complete the application packet and email it to the address below, but please mail/deliver a paper copy of the signature page separately.**

To assist you in developing the required site plan for the application, the templates below have been created featuring different sections of the City.  Please refer the the application packet for further information regarding the site plan requirements.

Beginning in 2016, if you have received an approved Special Event Permit using the 2015 application, and are applying for substantially the same event again, you may simplify the application process by using the Reapplication Form below and attaching it to the front of the most recently approved permit.  If you need a obtain copy of the previously approved permit, please contact City Hall at (440) 775-7182.

**NOTE: Due to ordinance changes, some attachments may have updated requirements.  Please compare your previously approved permit to the most current application packet above prior to submitting a Reapplication Form to ensure all requirements are met.**

  • Reapplication Form (For use with Special Event Permits approved in 2015 and beyond ONLY)



The application form and all pertinent documents may be submitted via email to
or mailed/delivered to:

City Manager’s Office
Oberlin City Hall
69 South Main Street
Oberlin, OH 44074

 (Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm)

If submitting via email, please download the necessary documents above and email the completed forms and any other pertinent documents as attachments.  If mailing or delivering in person, please print the Special Events Application and Permit Packet in its entirety.

Once your Special Event Permit has been approved, events may advertised on the Community Calendar, which is displayed on Environmental Dashboards throughout the City.

Click HERE to Submit your Event to the Community Calendar

The Environmental Dashboard is a project through Oberlin College.  For more information on the Environmental Dashboard, including the Community Calendar, visit