Special Event Permits

As of August 31, 2020: Events larger than 250 people must be approved by the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Such events are required to satisfactorily demonstrate an ability to comply with federal and state COVID-19 procedures and protocols. For more, click here.

According to Section 24-71 of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Summerville, it is unlawful for any person to hold, manage, conduct, aid, participate in, form, start or carry on any parade or public meeting or assembly or picketing, in or upon any public street, park or other public grounds in the town unless and until a permit to conduct such activities has been obtained.

A special event permit is required for any/all organized activity with fifty or more people using publicly owned, managed, or controlled property (including Right-of-Ways) that are partially outdoor events or, in the case of indoor events, involve anticipated attendance by more than 250 persons and/or the consumption of alcohol.Legislative Lunch 1

Summerville DREAM Acknowledgement Form

The Summerville DREAM Acknowledgement Form (PDF) must be completed and submitted with the Special Event Permit Application for any/all events with road closures in the Historic Downtown Shopping District.

Application Due Date

Applications for parades/processions shall be submitted no less than sixty days in advance of the requested event date. All other applications shall be submitted a minimum of forty-five days in advance of the requested event date.


Fees and other charges may apply to each application as determined by the town departments affected by the special event and the amount of services, property, permits, etc. that are necessary to assure the event will be held with the health and safety of the public in mind.

Signed Applications with the $25 application fee (made payable to the Town of Summerville) and all supporting documentation (as required) should be sent to the Events Coordinator.

Rental Facilities

To reserve a Community Center please contact the Parks and Recreation Department.

Public Information Disclaimer

The information submitted on the Special Event Permit Application, including permit holder name and email address, is public information and will be listed on this webpage once event is approved.