Block Parties, Parades & Athletic Events


Permit applications for these types of events must be submitted to the Customer Service Assistant at least 10 business days prior to the date of the event (15 business days before events involving the sale or service of alcohol). This will allow sufficient time to process the application. The applications will be routed through various departments for approval to ensure that the application meets public safety and ordinance requirements.
Applicant Responsibilities:

  • Completed application
  • Map
  • Fee ($30.00)
  • Some events (such as a parade) require proof of insurance

If alcohol will be sold or served at the event, you must also contact the Alcoholic Beverage Control officer at 704-866-6874 to obtain a permit to serve (15 business days prior to the event). The Gaston County Health Department inspects mobile food units on-site the day of each event to ensure compliance with regulations governing preparation, storage, and sanitation. For information on permit requirements to serve food at a festival or other special event, call 704-853-5200.
Other related permits may be required for your event, such as:

  • Temporary Road Closure Permit – Required when a City street or right-of-way will be blocked. Application due at least 10 business days prior to the event. Requires signatures of affected residents and/or businesses. Fee is $30.00.
  • Noise Permit – Required when outdoor amplification will be used or when noise from the event travels across property lines. Required at least 10 days prior to the event. Fee is $5.00.
  • Tent/Canopy Permit – Required when a tent or canopy is erected at the site (applies to tents over 120 sq. ft. and canopies over 400 sq. ft. only).  See Tent or Canopy Brochure in the Quick Links section to the right for other exceptions and safety information. Permit application is due at least 5 business days prior to the event. Fee is $126.00.

Contact Information:
 Christine Carlson Event Planner/Resource Manager
Parks and Recreation Office
109 West Second Avenue
Gastonia, NC 28052
Phone 704.869.7892


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