Special Events

Special events are important to the Comox Valley: they help drive the local economy, give residents exposure to entertainment and allow communities to gather and celebrate together. Music festivals and other special events are a catalyst for cultural and regional economic development.

Special events carry some degree of inherent risk, whether that risk is generated by the event or subject to some external hazard. The intent of the special events permit bylaw is to identify, discuss, minimize and mitigate the risks associated with special events, while reducing the impacts on the host community. The bylaw addresses these risks though provisions that transfer liability to the event organizer and minimize risks to the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD). Further, the bylaw intends to provide for adequate health, sanitation and protective measures for people attending large events.

Here is a summary of the special events bylaw:

  1. If a special event is likely attended by between 400 and 1,000 individuals per day, a class I special event permit is required. If a special event is likely attended by more than 1,000 individuals per day, a class II special event permit is required.
  2. If the property of the special event is not zoned for special events or permitted by senior level government acts or regulations, a temporary use permit is required. 
  3. The bylaw outlines events that do not require a special events permit. However, other permits and approvals may still be required.
  4. An application must be made not less than 60 days and no more than 270 days before the first day of the special event. 
  5. The bylaw lists the requirements for a completed application. 
  6. Refundable security deposit:
    1. Class I special event: $5,000; and
    2. Class II special event: $10,000 
  7. Application fee:
    1. Class I special event: $200
    2. Class II special event: $300, plus additional fees

Download Bylaw No. 395 [PDF - 188 KB], being the “Comox Valley Regional District Special Events Bylaw No. 395, 2016.”

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