The Douglas County Commission unanimously approved an amendment to the county’s Temporary Event Ordinance during its March 19 voting meeting to require a temporary use permit and a $50 fee in some cases.
According to county planning and zoning director Amy Brumelow, “The amendment was created to ensure proper use of property for temporary events so as not to cause conditions that would be injurious to the public and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.”
During the commissioners’ March 18 work session, Commission Chairman Tom Worthan said, “There have been several events in the past that have had negative impact on the community and this is our effort to introduce event management on the part of the county.”
Brumelow explained that the county planning and zoning staff can approve a permit for any event under 200 people that does not have live entertainment and/or vendor booths at no cost.
This permit must be applied for within 14 days prior to the event, according to Brumelow, and is reviewed and approved or denied by the staff based on criteria specified in county code.
Examples of this type of event are garage sales, seasonal sales such as pumpkins and Christmas trees, and for roadside produce stands, Brumelow said.
However, a temporary event permit for events of 200 or more, based on the estimation of the applicant, having live entertainment and/or vendor booths must go before the planning and zoning board for recommendation, and before the board of commissioners for a final decision.
Application for this permit must be filed at the county planning and zoning office on the first floor or the Douglas County Courthouse not less than 30 days prior to the event.
The cost to apply for the permit is $50 plus $10 per sign which would be posted at the property, Brumelow added.
The types of events that will require the special permits include 5K / Fun Runs and church bazaars, among others.
Brumelow explained that school events will not require the special temporary permit as they are exempt from the ordinance requirements.