Minneapolis Ordinance requires a permit for bicycle races, foot races, race walking, wheelchair racing, rollerblading, marathons and jogging events when any portion of the event occurs on a city street.
Note: If the event occurs exclusively on park property, contact the Minneapolis Park Board, for Park Permits and Reservations. A permit is not required from the City.
In addition to completing a Race Permit Application, the event must meet these requirements:
- Application must be submitted at least 60 days prior to event. A legible route map must be included with the application.
- Race route must be approved by Doug Maday, Public Works Traffic & Parking Services (612) 673-5755 or Police Sgt. Patricia Hellen, (612) 673-3942.
- Once race route has been approved, a detailed traffic control plan must be provided with the application showing location and type of traffic control signs.
- Race events must take place between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday.
- Proof of Insurance must be provided to the City (See Minneapolis Ordinance §447.140).
- Authorized traffic control agents or police personnel must be provided at all intersections requiring traffic control.
- Barricades, signs and delineation equipment must be installed and removed as directed by either the Public Works or Police Department. The City does not rent equipment. There are a number of local private firms which do rent the equipment.
- Volunteers must be provided to monitor barricades at all intersections not requiring traffic control personnel.
- Residents and property owners abutting the event route must be notified by leaflet at least 48 hours, but not more than 7 days, before the event (See Minneapolis Ordinance §447.130).
A $100 non-refundable filing fee is required with the application.
A permit fee of $.50 per participant is due within 5 days prior to any event which exclusively uses city streets. The $.50 fee is based on pre-registration or number of participants as noted in the application, whichever is higher.
Additional participant fees for the actual number of participants are due within 7 days after the event. If the actual number of participants was less than stated in the application you may apply for a refund within 7 days of the event.
If event is on both Park and City Property participant fees will only be charged by the Park Board. Fees not received may precipitate revocation of permit and non-issuance of future permits.
No Parking Sign Posting Fee
When the posting of temporary "No Parking" signs along a race route is required, applicants seeking a race permit for a race must additionally pay posting fees that shall be set by Resolution 2006R-635 (pdf) of the City Council.
Before the application is submitted, please contact Doug Maday at (612) 673-5755 to determine the posting fee.
Payment of the posting fee must be submitted with the application.
Last updated Sep. 27, 2011