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Glacier ChallengeSpecial Events 

A Special Event Permit is required for use of the City Right of Way or events in a City Park as stated in Section 7-4-1.  This includes street closures, parking space closure, sidewalk sales, weekly runs, parades etc. Please review the checklist and return the completed Special Event Application with payment to the Customer Service Clerk 15 days prior to an event.  Please contact the City Parks and Recreation Office for events in a City Park.  Any event that crosses or takes place along a state highway will need to complete Montana Department of Transportation Special Use Permit for State Maintained Highways. 

June 3, 2020 - PHASE 2 Re-opening of the Big Sky Special Event requirements:
The City of Whitefish is currently accepting applications for special events during Phase 2 with anticipated attendance of under 50 people. 

If you estimate that your event will have over 50 people, you will need to complete an online form with the City-County Health Department: https://flatheadhealth.org/gathering-form/.  Once submitted, a Health Department employee will review the plan and respond within 3 business days.  Their response will inform event organizers of areas in which they do NOT meet the Governor’s Directive and will provide recommendations to help you plan a safe event. 

Once you receive approval from the City-County Health Department, you will need to send the approval to the City with your special event application, and we will be able to begin to process your application. 

Catering Permit

A Catering Permit is required only when alcohol will be catered at an event.  The company providing the catering will need to complete the permit, have the Police Chief sign the permit, then return the permit with payment to the Customer Service Clerk.  Please contact the State Department of Revenue Liquor Division for a one day permit if your event will be selling alcohol for a profit.   

Highway 93 Special Event Banner

The City Clerk's Office holds a lottery every January for banner space on Highway 93 S.  A letter with a deadline is mailed to those interested in the banner location.  The banner space is for Whitefish Events and Non-Profit Organizations only.  Please contact the City Clerk to be placed on the Lottery List.

Permit Applications

June 3, 2020 - 
The City of Whitefish is currently accepting applications for special events during Phase 2 with anticipated attendance of under 50 people. 


If you estimate that your event will have over 50 people, you will need to complete an online form with the City-County Health Department: https://flatheadhealth.org/gathering-form/.  Once submitted, a Health Department employee will review the plan and respond within 3 business days.  Their response will inform event organizers of areas in which they do NOT meet the Governor’s Directive and will provide recommendations to help you plan a safe event. 

Once you receive approval from the City-County Health Department, you will need to send the approval to the City with your special event application, and we will be able to begin to process your application. 

Special Event Permit- Complete application should be submitted 15 days prior to an event

Montana Department of Transportation Special Use Permit for State Maintained Highways

Catering Permit

Highway 93 Special Event Banner Permit