Parade/Special Event Permit Process

The Mayor and City Council of Cumberland requires permits 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 below or by calling the City Clerk’s office at 301-759-6447. 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.

Details surrounding parades, marches and special events and the permit requirements can be found in City Code.

You may download and complete the application form and return it to the City Clerk's office at 57 N. Liberty St., Cumberland, MD.  The permit fee must accompany the application or the request will not be reviewed.

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