Each year the Corporation of the City of Guelph receives many requests from individuals and groups to operate special events on City of Guelph property. These events vary in scope, purpose, size, cost and complexity.
The Corporation of the City of Guelph recognizes special events as an important part of Guelph’s quality of life and as providers of affordable entertainment to its citizens, as indicated by the City of Guelph Strategic Plan. It is also recognized that special events enhance tourism, culture, recreation, education and provide an economic benefit to businesses in the City of Guelph.
Most special events represent a major investment of time and money. When well conceived and planned, they can bring rewarding dividends to the organizers and the City of Guelph. Successful events require:
- Responsible leadership
- Careful planning
- Good organization
- Provisions against the unexpected
- Methodical “follow through” and evaluation
General Definition of Special Events
A Special Event is defined as a one-time, annual or infrequently occurring event on City of Guelph property that is reserved for exclusive use and which meets the following criteria:
- Celebration of a specific theme
- Has a pre-determined opening and closing date/time
- Is available to the community at large
- Fundraising events designed to generate revenue for non-profit organizations
Note: activities not meeting these criteria may still be permitted to occur as private rental functions and may still be subject to some or all of the policies, procedures and requirements outlined on this site.
The Corporation of the City of Guelph is committed to assisting event organizers in providing a successful event.
As such, event applications are received and reviewed centrally by the Coordinator of Special Events and Tournaments in Community and Social Services. Event Organizers are then advised of the specific requirements for their event.Special Event Application
Applications may be submitted to
City Hall, 1 Carden St.
Guelph, ON N1H 3A1
Addressed to Events Coordination – Community & Social Services