Economic Development

Special Events

As part of the City's strategic plan Independence for All, the City of Independence has created the Special Event permitting application and rules to implement an improved process to better track and respond to citizen requests and attract and retain visitors to the City’s historic sites, amenities and eventsThis unified process will allow those holding a special event in Independence to complete a single application, which will be shared with all departments, instead of being sent to multiple departments for separate permit applications.  Under this new system, a special event is any activity to be held in a single location on, or on a route throughout, city streets, sidewalks, parking lots, public parks and nature sanctuaries, rights-of-way, or on or within other city property or facilities, that involves a non-traditional or non-routine use of the property. Examples of a special event include, but are not limited to, block parties, fundraisers, festivals, circuses, carnivalsparades, public performances, races or similar gatherings. A special event may also be a gathering on private property if there is a significant impact on city resources, traffic, public property, or other public infrastructure.

Special Event Permits 

All special events taking place in Independence must be approved for a Special Event Permit unless governed by a separate agreement approved by the City Council.  Event organizers must complete a Special Event Application and pay the $25 application fee at least 45 days prior to the event.  After a review by the relevant city departments, the applicant will be notified of all permit fees and any additional requirements before a Special Event Permit will be issued.  All Special Events must be in compliance with the Rules and Conditions outlined in the document below.  If the same event will be held multiple times throughout the year at the same location, the event organizer may complete a single application with each date listed.  Completed applications should be returned to or the Regulated Industries Division of Community Development at City Hall. 

If you have questions about a proposed event please call 816-325-7183 or email  You may also refer to the Rules and Conditions and FAQs below for more information.   


Special Events Application

Special Events Rules and Conditions 


Frequently Asked Questions - This will give you basic information about different event requirements, departments who permit and approve different types of events, and contact persons for specific information and questions.