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Now you know why they call it the "Magic" Carpet! Family Fun at Ski Cooper.

Now you know why they call it the “Magic” Carpet! Family Fun at Ski Cooper.

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A Permit and $100 Required for 2015 Special Events

Have you got an event planned for 2015? Maybe your group or organization has a fundraiser scheduled that will be held in Lake County?

Permit required: Tent City from the Annual  Transrockies Run which passes through Lake County.

Permit required: Tent City from the Annual Transrockies Run which passes through Lake County.

Well, this is a “Hear Ye, Hear Ye” announcement for everyone – and yes, that means you and your group! All events which will take place in Lake County will be required to file and secure a Special Event Permit (SEP).

Lake County Government regulates Special Events that are held within the county.  Special Events specifically include, but are not limited to, festivals, bicycle races, foot races or walks, motorized vehicle events, sled dog races/events, snowmobile races/events and cross country races/events.  Any event that expects to use County services, (food inspection, emergency services, law enforcement, road and bridge, or search and rescue etc.) or expect to impact any county right-of way, and has fifty (50) or more participants at any one time is required to complete a Special Event Permit Application. 

Events like the Leadville Community Market held Saturday's throughout the summer are required to have a special events permit.

Events like the the Leadville Community Market held Saturday’s throughout the summer are required to have a special events permit. Photo: Leadville Community Market.

And by the way, you’d better not wait too long. Special Event Permit applications should be submitted far enough in advance to allow for adequate review time and scheduling, but not less than ninety (90) days prior to the proposed Special Event date. 

In addition, if your Special Event is proposing the distribution of alcohol by any sponsor or vendor, Liquor Licensing will be required and a separate process through the County Clerk’s office is necessary.  Liquor Licensing requires a minimum of three (3) months to process.  Events with more than 500 entrants will require a coordination meeting prior to getting the approval of the county commissioners, which will require additional review time.

Also, involved in the review of the event is Public Health, Road & Bridge, Maintenance, Sheriff, Emergency Mgmt, Search & Rescue, Fire Dept, and Fire Marshall.  This process is designed to facilitate safe, healthy events for the host, participants and the Lake County community.

Now for anyone who has any questions, like “does that include us? our little gathering?,” then Asst. Planner with the Lake County Building and Land Use, Leadville native Anne Schneider is the person to talk to, she’ll take good care of you. Aschneider@co.lake.co.us. 719-486-4112.  

Oh, and it’s going to cost you. The permit fee is a non-refundable $100, and depending on the event a refundable deposit may be charged. Log on to the Lake County website to retrieve a copy of the the Special Permit Application.

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