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General Special Event Information
An event permit is required in order to conduct a special event on any public land, water, or ice. A special event permit is also required for a field and retriever meet or trial held on private land. A special event means either an organized race, tournament, exhibition, demonstration, or other planned event in which an admission fee is charge, prizes are awarded or competition occurs between participants OR a planned event that, due to its nature, potential or actual size, or length, would likely adversely impact the use of the area by the public.
Any applicant will be required to establish a user account and log-in through the State of Iowa's Enterprise A & A. This applies for all special events that are authorized through this online system, including state parks, wildlife, fishing, forestry and law enforcement. Organizers who already have a user account can continue to use that account. An e-mail address is a requirement of the online application system. Instruction for creating a user account can be found at creating an account.
State Park Special Event Permit Information
There 11 categories of state park/recreation area event special event applications. Applicants should select the one that best describes the event. If the applicant does not find a category that matches the event, the "state park general" application form should be used.
The following event activities also occur in state parks/recreation areas and are actually authorized by a bureau other than state parks. Therefore, they are not in the list of event applications above that are authorized by the state parks bureau.
If you are unsure of which application to use or have questions about holding an event in a state park/recreation area, please contact the park staff located at the park/rec area.