If you’re organizing a festival or event on District property, we’re here to help. Leisure Complex staff can answer your questions about liquor licences, food vendors, lighting, fireworks, permits, security, power, bleachers and more.
If your event is a new community (public) event that is to be hosted within the municipal boundaries, it may be eligible for funding under the Sparwood Community Events Fund. For more information on hosting an event or renting a District facility, contact staff at 250.425.0552 or by email at email@example.com or visit Facility Rentals & Permits.
Community events that are open to the general public, community oriented and either sponsored by the District of Sparwood or an agency or group that is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt entity (e.g. charitable, educational, registered non-profit, governmental, etc.) or non-income generating community group are eligible to advertise their event on the District's online Event Calendar.
To learn more about eligible events and participants, please see the District's Community Event Calendar Policy for rules about acceptable postings, event locations, and submissions.
You can submit your request online or in person at either the District Office or the Leisure Centre.
If you are thinking of hosting a public or private event, you may need a special occasion liquor licence, a temporary food service permit, a gaming licence, a public address system permit or a road closure permit.
If you want to serve or sell alcohol at your event you will require a Special Occasion Licence issued by the Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCLB) which is available online at https://specialevents.bcldb.com. However, you must also complete a District application form. This form must be included with your application to the LCLB as proof that the District has authorized liquor service on public lands or within a public facility.
Please see Delegation Bylaw 1181 for more information regarding conditions for serving liquor during your event or visit Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCLB) for Special Occasion Licence requirements.
If you want to use a public address system (e.g. microphones, amplifiers, and loudspeakers) at an outdoor event or close a street, you will be required to obtain permit from the Director of Operational Services in accordance with the Traffic, Parking and Highways Regulation Bylaw.
For more information on public address systems, contact the Operational Services department at 250.425.7760 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The District of Sparwood values the contributions and participation of all citizens and has made the District’s Community Event Calendar available to the public as a tool to promote community events and activities.
The Community Event Calendar is established for civic, charitable, non-profit, educational, governmental, and/or public agencies and organizations. It is not the intent of the Community Event Calendar to promote private for-profit business.
Community Events should be open to the public, community oriented and either sponsored by the District of Sparwood or an agency or group that is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt entity (e.g. charitable, educational, registered non-profit, governmental, etc.) or non-income generating community group.