Parade Permit

MOSE1002
Plan Review
Required
Inspection
Not Required
Renewal
Not Required
Fee
$305.17
Valid Period
Duration of Event
Processing Time
Varies
APPLY QUESTIONS
Mayor’s Office

901 Bagby St., 1st Floor
Houston, TX 77002

8 am to 5 pm

About

A parade is defined as a procession of pedestrians, vehicles, animals, or any combination thereof traveling in unison along or upon a street, road, or highway, organized and conducted for the purposes of attracting the attention of the general public and/or expressing or celebrating views or ideas by use of verbal, visual, literary, or auditory means of communication. 

If your parade is less than one mile in length, contains no more than 250 individuals and does not include any portion of a major thoroughfare or collector street your event may be classified as a Neighborhood Parade.  

"Special Event" means a festival, celebration or gathering that involves the reservation and temporary use of all or a portion of a public park, park road, public street or other city property and requires the significant provision or coordination of city services

After Approval

Permit is good for the event period only. Subsequent events must submit new application.

Conditions & Exceptions

Must complete requisites. Additional fees may apply depending upon the nature of the event.

City services are free for 12 intersections or 1 mile, whichever is first. Each additional intersection over 12 incurs a fee of $1,185.78 for parade security and traffic control services.

Additional Resources
What You Need
  • Special Event application, including applicable maps 
  • Method of payment: cash, check, money order, bank check/cashier's check
  • Affidavit of inability to pay, if applicable

Apply Online

Email the completed application to [email protected].

The received application will not be processed until the application fee is paid, either in person or by mail to:
Mayor's Office of Special Events 
901 Bagby Street, Mezzanine Level
Houston, TX 77002 

Application will be reviewed for conditional approval and customer will be notified of additional fees and requisites for plan review.

Apply in Person

Bring the completed application and a form of payment to the Mayor's Office of Special Events:
901 Bagby Street, Mezzanine Level
Houston, TX 77002 

Apply by Mail

Mail the completed application and fees to:
Mayor's Office of Special Events
901 Bagby Street, Mezzanine Level
Houston, TX 77002.

Make checks payable to the City of Houston. 

Apply by Fax

Fax the completed application to 832-393-0837.

The received application will not be processed until the application fee is paid, either in person or by mail to:
Mayor's Office of Special Events
901 Bagby Street, Mezzanine Level
Houston, TX 77002 

Application will be reviewed for conditional approval and customer will be notified of additional fees and requisites for plan review.

Conditions & Exceptions

Mayor's Office of Special Events reserves the right to refuse any application that does not comply with the codes, ordinances or laws of the City of Houston and/or the State of Texas.

Applications for revenue and non-revenue generating parades must be filed at least 90 days before the event date sought, and no earlier than one year in advance of the date sought.

Neighborhood parades must be filed at least 10 business days before the event date sought.

What You Need

Upon conditional approval, the following items must be submitted to MOSE for review:

  • Completed application
  • Certificate of insurance
  • Security control plan
  • Traffic control plan
  • Permission from neighborhood (when required)
  • Other permits and licenses as required
Submit Plans in Person

Submit documents to Mayor's Office of Special Events:
901 Bagby,
Houston, TX 77002 

Upon receiving all requisite documents final permit will be assessed.