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Music festivals, athletic competitions and other special events are catalysts for cultural and economic development and are important to the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD).

All events, however, carry some degree of inherent risk. The intent of special event bylaws is to identify, discuss, minimize and mitigate the risks associated with such events, while also reducing any negative impacts on the host community.

Bylaw No. 395 addresses these risks though provisions that transfer liability to the event organizer and minimize risks to the CVRD. Further, the bylaw intends to ensure adequate health, sanitation and protective measures for people attending special events.

Summary of Special Events Bylaw No. 395

If a special event is likely to be attended by between 400 and 1,000 individuals per day, a Class I Special Event Permit is required. Events likely to be attended by more than 1,000 individuals per day require a Class II Special Event Permit.

If the property on which the special event is to take place isn’t zoned for special events or permitted by senior level government acts or regulations, a temporary use permit is required. 

The bylaw outlines events that don’t require a special events permit. However, other permits and approvals may still be required.

An application must be made not less than 60 days and not more than 270 days before the first day of the special event. 

The bylaw lists the requirements for a completed application. 

Refundable security deposit:

  • Class I Special Event: $5,000
  • Class II Special Event: $10,000 

Application fee:

  • Class I Special Event: $200
  • Class II Special Event: $300, plus additional fees

Download Bylaw No. 395

Applying for a Special Events Permit

If your event requires a permit, a Special event permit application must be filled out and submitted, along with all supporting documents, to the CVRD office at 600 Comox Road, Courtenay, between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.

Additional Resources

For questions about CVRD bylaws not answered on this website, contact the CVRD Manager of Bylaw Compliance at 250-334-6000.