In 2012, the Downtown Fresno Partnership assumed responsibility for the management of all special event permits on Fulton Mall. The City of Fresno’s Special Events team is responsible for managing events at all other locations city-wide including Eaton Plaza and Met Plaza.
There are two ways the Downtown Fresno Partnership can support downtown events: 1. Permit approval and management for events held on the Fulton Mall. 2.Technical support, marketing assistance, funding and planning help may be available for any downtown event. To request support for a downtown event that is NOT on Fulton Mall, review the event support guidelines and complete the Request for Event Support application. To host an event on Fulton Mall, follow the instructions below.
5 Easy Steps to Host an Event on Fulton Mall
Step 1: Request Support from the Downtown Fresno Partnership
No less than 60 days before the event, read the Event Support Guidelines and complete and sign the Downtown Fresno Partnership Request for Event Support. An initial review will be conducted by Downtown Fresno Partnership staff. Approval of this request is not an endorsement of the event or a guarantee that the event will take place.
Step 2: Complete Applicable Permit Applications
¨ Complete the Mall Event Permit Application with map/site plan and event schedule (Required for ALL Fulton Mall events).
¨ Any event that serves food must submit a completed Fresno County Community Event Food Organizer Application.
¨ EACH AND EVERY VENDOR that distributes food or beverages at the event MUST complete a Fresno County Health Department Food Vendor Permit Application and must comply with the Food Vendor Requirements.
¨ Complete the Sound Amplification Permit Application if you are having a band, speakers or other performers that require sound amplification.
¨ Complete the Mall Parking Permit to bring a vehicle onto the mall for loading/unloading (30 minute limit).
¨ Serving Alcohol? Complete the ABC Liquor License Permit Application (most events will use the ABC 221 permit).
¨ Submit a Street Closure Permit Application if your event requires the closure of any City streets.
¨ All event organizers must provide a Certificate of Insurance naming the City of Fresno and the Downtown Fresno Partnership and its officers, officials, agents, employees & volunteers as insureds.
¨ Payment of all applicable fees, including the $500 Fulton Mall event fee payable to Downtown Fresno Partnership ($250 refundable upon completion of the event provided all requirements of the permits have been fulfilled, including proper cleanup of the Mall).
Step 3: Attend Pre-Event Meetings with the Downtown Fresno Partnership, City of Fresno & County Health Department
Depending on the nature of your event, you may be required to attend an event planning meeting with applicable City staff, Fresno County Health Department and the Fresno Police Department to determine any additional city, county or safety services your event may need.
Step 4: Finalize Vendors
Confirm all vendors (as applicable) including but not limited to:
Food Vendors, Parking, Beverages/Ice, Garbage/Maintenance, Barricades, Tables/Chairs, Electrical/Sound, Security, Sanitation, Entertainment, Police/Security. As the event organizer, it is your responsibility to manage event vendors.
Step 5: Clean Up
Host a safe and enjoyable event. Be sure to clean up after your guests!