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Special Events

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Upcoming Special Events

From international sporting events to community picnics, festivals and parades, the District of Saanich is proud to host and support a wide variety of events each year.  Saanich Community Services provides permitting assistance for events that occur on public property and will work with an event organizer to help coordinate all aspects of their event that relate to the use of public property.  

For a complete list of Saanich events please visit the Community Calendar.

Do you have an event you would like listed in the Community Calendar? Submit your Event.

Check out our 2016 events!

Block Party Permit  

The District of Saanich supports neighbourhoods in the coordination of community celebrations with residents of their block. To ensure there is appropriate coordination and planning, the District requires that anyone planning a block party on streets, sidewalks and other public space has a permit. The Block Party Guidelines and Application below will assist you in completing the permit application.   Please read the Guidelines and sign the statement on the bottom of the application form. Upon approval, a Letter of Support for your Block Party will be issued free of charge. Block Party approvals require 4 weeks advance notice.

Planning a Special Event

To help guide you through this process we have outlined the appropriate contact below based on the location of your event.

If your event is held:

On Public Property  (roadways, parking lots...)

Complete the Special Events application form and contact the Community Events Coordinator at Saanich Community Services (see below)

In a Saanich Park

Contact Saanich Parks at 250-475-5522 or

In a Saanich Recreation Centre

Contact each Centre directly to arrange a Facility Rental Agreement:

Events held on Public Property

All organizations planning an event such as a race, marathon or parade requiring the use of Municipal roads or Municipal property, must obtain permission to conduct the event through a Special Event Permit.

  1. Step One
    Complete the Special Events Permit Application Form (PDF)
  2. Step Two
    Obtain Event Insurance (PDF)
  3. Step Three
    Send all documentation including: brief cover letter, site plan or route map, insurance certificate and $25 application fee to:

    Saanich Community Services
    Special Event Application
    780 Vernon Avenue, Victoria, BC V8X 2W7
    Phone: 250.475.5558
    Fax: 250.475.5411

Events held in Saanich Parks

If you plan to hold your event in a Saanich park, it is your responsibility to contact the Parks Division in order to coordinate the scheduling of your event. A tentative booking of your event will be made on a first come first serve basis and all Park bookings will not be confirmed until all event related documents have been submitted.

For any events that are open to the general public and in excess of 100 participants the Special Events Coordinator will provide you with a list of recommendations that must agreed upon before final confirmation of your booking.

Special rules, regulations and restrictions unique to each site or facility may apply. Most park areas cannot be reserved for the exclusive use of one group, and access to the area by the general public must be available at all times.

Saanich Parks
1040 McKenzie Ave,
Victoria, BC 
V8P 2L4

Last modified: April 04, 2016