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Host a Special Event


Looking to host a Special Event?
The City of New Bedford is fortunate to have many varied and beautiful public spaces all of which provide wonderful venues to hold Special Events. The City of New Bedford appreciates your efforts in contributing to the heart and vitality of the City. The Department of Public Infrastructure coordinates the review of these events with various City departments to ensure that events are conducted safely.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS AS FOLLOWS:
  • Submit application in person no less than 90 days in advance of the event date to the Department of Public Infrastructure located at: 1105 Shawmut Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02746
  • All applications require a non–waivable $25 processing fee made out to the City of New Bedford paid at the time of submission. Processing fee is for consideration NOT reservation.
  • DPI staff will provide a checklist of departments to be contacted no later than 7 business days after application is submitted. Applicants MUST contact all required departments upon receipt of checklist.
    Further questions may be directed to the Department of Public Infrastructure at (508) 979-1550 or by emailing: EventPermit@newbedford-ma.gov.
    The City of New Bedford appreciates your attention to these requirements. Additional fees may apply.