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Jeffco Open Space receives many requests to hold events in our parks. To better serve our visitors, events requiring permits have been categorized as Special Activities and General Use. Special Activities include races, large events, tours, rides, walks, festivals, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Application deadlines, review and permitting is conducted once a year. Learn more about Special Activity Permits here. General Use events include photography permits, guide services, groups of 15 or more, all school groups, and individuals or groups conducting the same event more than one at an individual site or multiple sites in a 3-month time period. Learn more about General Use Permits here.
Jefferson County’s Planning and Zoning Department has a specific regulation for special events; however, Open Space special activities are exempt from this county regulation:
Number 3 of Section D (Exempted Special Events) of the Jefferson County Regulation
The regulation reads: “Activities which have received a permit or approval for the special event by some other government entity (e.g., Open Space, Denver Mountain Parks) and which are contained entirely on the property [are exempted from this regulation].”
Definitions | Permit Criteria | Permit Fees and Deposits Camping | Insurance Requirements | Permit Holder Requirements
Coordinated Activity: Any activity involving a person or group of persons that has the potential to impact park values or the health, safety, welfare or enjoyment of other park visitors, or which may otherwise require special planning/scheduling for proper management. Coordinated activities shall conform in nature to the intended uses for Jefferson County Open Space lands. Coordinated Activities as defined here will require a Park Permit.
Each of the following definitions describes types of Coordinated Activities subject to permitting:
Activities that are associated with a specific group of users who request a specific time and place to conduct an event. Park Events are non-commercial, non-profit and may or may not require a fee permit and/or any type of waiver.
Commercial activities, which are not compatible with the recreation experience and resource management objectives of Jefferson County Open Space will not be considered for a permit. Vending activities including the sale of food, beverage and goods, independent of an event are prohibited.
An activity that is sponsored by an organization located in Jefferson County. It is intended to provide positive exposure for the park and strengthen its ties with the community. A political subdivision or a non-profit organization must sponsor the event in whole or in part.
Camping is the erecting of a tent or shelter of natural or man-made material, and/or the placing of a sleeping bag or other bedding material on the ground for the apparent purpose of overnight occupancy.
An activity that deviates from JCOS established rules and regulations or management guidelines (e.g., specimen collection, research projects).
The operation and maintenance of a commercial business for monetary profit, other gain, or consideration on any lands under the administration and jurisdiction of Jefferson County Open Space, for a period of one year or less. (e.g., White water rafting companies.)
The operation and maintenance of a commercial business for monetary profit, other gain, or consideration on any lands under the administration and jurisdiction of Jefferson County Open Space, for a period of more than one year. (e.g., haying operations). Concessions, unlike Commercial Events, take place over a period of time and require a contract.
A minimum permit fee of $25.00 may be required for all activities in which:
A $200 deposit is required for foot races.
Park Permits for which insurance is required shall not be issued until such proof of insurance is received by Jefferson County Open Space.
Most Coordinated Activities will not require insurance, but will require that the party scheduling the event sign a hold harmless/indemnification statement as one of the conditions to obtain a permit. For events that pose a greater risk, all participants are required to sign a hold harmless/indemnification statement, and insurance may be required.
The Coordinated Activity definition provides the general guidelines used by Risk Management to determine insurance requirements: “Any activity involving a person or group of persons that has the potential to adversely impact on park values or the health, safety or welfare of park visitors…”
Permit holders must demonstrate possession of applicable permits at all times during the permitted activity and present such permits upon the request of a Jefferson County Open Space Park Ranger or other Jefferson County official.
The Park Permit Agreement is a revocable permit and may be revoked at the discretion of a Jefferson County Open Space Park Ranger or other Jefferson County official if damage to resources or facilities is determined, if public health, safety or welfare is jeopardized, or if the permitted activity creates an unacceptable conflict among visitor use activities.
Possession of a valid park permit grants non-exclusive use of the permitted site. The permittee shall ensure that the rights and privileges of other park visitors are recognized.
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