Carnivals, Circuses, Rodeos & Other Large Events

Larger events, including but not limited to, carnivals, circuses, and rodeos may only be approved by City Council following a public hearing to determine that the event will be safe and not have a negative impact on adjoining properties.
All application materials must be submitted at least 9 business days prior to a regularly scheduled City Council meeting. Supporting materials include:
  • a sketch plan detailing the proposed location of the event,
  • a tax map showing the subject property and all adjacent properties,
  • a description of the event, including the event sponsors, duration, and hours of operation, and
  • any city services that are desired, including public safety personnel, utility provision, or trash pickup.

** If the event is a reoccurring event that will take place at the same location as previously permitted, the city manager may approve the permit (with no public hearing), provided:

  • The event is managed by the same company as the previously permitted event.
  • The event is essentially identical in scope, size, and character as the previously permitted event.
  • The previous event generated no significant complaints from the public.
  • The previous event concluded not more than 13 months prior to the recurring event.
  • The permit application and all supporting documentation are submitted at least 8 business days prior to the event.

In the event that any of the above conditions are not fulfilled, a public hearing shall be required.
Contact Information:
Jason Thompson
Planning Director
150 S. York Street, Gastonia, NC  28052
(PO Box 1748, Gastonia, NC  28053)
704.854.6629 (office)
704.869.1960 (fax)




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