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Posted on: October 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City of Cumberland to Resume Permit Process for Parades, Races and Special Events - Effective 11/1

City of Cumberland to Resume Permit Process for Parades, Races and Special Events - Effective November 1, 2020 

As the Governor's office has declared that outdoor public spaces may now be open to the general public with the condition that the applicable political subdivision must require persons using the outdoor public space to comply with CDC social distancing guidelines, the Mayor and City Council of Cumberland will resume permitting requirements for parades, races, marches and special events beginning November 1, 2020.  The permit will apply to any activity held within the City which is expected to draw a crowd in excess of fifty (50) people, or which involves the sale of food, alcohol, merchandise, or the erection or placement of a stand, tent, platform or other structure.

Permit applications must be completed a minimum of thirty (30) days in advance of the date of the event and can be obtained online or by calling the City Clerk’s office.  A non-refundable permit fee of $150 is required to accompany the application when it is submitted and other requirements pertaining to insurance coverage and overtime costs may apply.

Additionally, special events taking place on the Downtown Mall (no matter the size) will also require the completion of a Downtown Development Commission (DDC) permit application.  Fees may apply separately. This application can be obtained by contacting Melinda Kelleher at

The permit application(s) help the City and DDC ensure that the parade/special event is conducted in compliance with all permit requirements and conditions and with all applicable laws and ordinances.

If a permit is approved, it is the responsibility of the event organizer to ensure that the event is following all state and local guidelines regarding crowd size, social distancing and face coverings.

Any questions regarding the Parade, Race and Special Event Permits should be directed to the City Clerk’s office at 301-759-6447 or by email:

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