We are excited that you have selected Port Moody as the site of your new or returning event! We can help you through the event application process and even provide you with funding and marketing opportunities. Before you start planning, please review our Festival and Special Events Handbook and Sustainable Events Policy to ensure that your event meets our guidelines.

Apply to host a festival or event

There are two separate event applications depending on whether or not you are hosting an event or festival for the first time, or if this is an existing event. We must receive your application at least three months prior to the requested event date.

New festival or event application

You need to complete an application for a new festival or special event if you are:

  • proposing a new event for Port Moody
  • a new organizer taking over an existing event
  • bringing a past event back to the city after taking a break
  • making significant changes to a returning event

On your application, you will need to provide a detailed explanation of the proposed event as well as information about the event coordinator and host organization. Please submit your completed application form by email to the Parks Events Assistant

Existing festival or event application

You need to complete an application for an existing festival or special event if your event took place last year and you have made no significant changes to the event.

You will need to provide contact information for the event organizer as well as a description of the event. Please submit your completed application form by email to the Parks Events Assistant

Event funding

We recognize the important role that special events play in a healthy and vibrant community. We offer two programs to provide financial assistance to event organizers. Review our Festival and Special Event Assistance Program and our Artist Grant Program to see if your event qualifies for funding.

Port Moody based groups can apply for a fee waiver if their event is being held in a City facility. Review the fee waiver application form to see if you qualify.

Marketing support

Would you like to advertise your event in the City? Put up a sign or banner to raise the profile for your upcoming event. Review the following advertising opportunities:

You can also send us an email the Cultural Services Events Assistant to request a sign at the Civic Centre entrance or place an advertisement on the Galleria TVs.

Additional event permits and resources

Depending on the size, location, and type of event, you may need to apply for additional permits.

Building permits (tents & stages)

You will need a building permit If you are planning to set up a tent and/or stage at your event.

Food permits

If you are planning to serve food at your event, you should contact Fraser Health to find out what food permits you may need.

Gaming permits (raffles and gambling)

You will need a gambling and gaming permit in order to hold raffles or gambling games at your event.

Highway use permit

If your event disrupts the normal flow of pedestrian or vehicle movement or interferes with parking, sidewalks or bike path access you will need to complete a highway use permit application.

Liquor permits – special events

You will need a special event permit if you want to serve liquor at your event.

Music licences

SOCAN ensures that you have the proper licence needed to play music in Canada and worldwide.

Technical Safety BC

If your event has rides or requires an electrical hook-up, you will need to review the guidelines of Technical Safety BC to make sure you follow all of their licences and regulations.

Port of Vancouver

Organized activities on the water within the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's jurisdiction will require a marine event permit.

Waste management

View our special event waste management planning tool to help you manage garbage, recycling, and waster at your event. Our tool will help you meet our event sustainability requirements.