ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today adopted a new policy for managing special events and demonstrations in public spaces. The policy encourages such events while ensuring that the County recovers its support costs. The update formalizes practices that have developed since the previous policy was adopted in 2004.
“Special events help bring our community together - they celebrate Arlington’s diversity and encourage neighbors to get out, mingle and enjoy our great public spaces,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “The number and size of these events have grown and will continue to grow. This new policy will help everyone involved – the organizers, the affected neighborhoods and County government – make sure that events are safe and secure, that all understand the rules, and that the costs of necessary County support services are accounted and paid for.”
The Board voted 5-0 to adopt the new policy.
The new policy makes several changes to the Special Events policy adopted by the Board in 2004. Key changes include:
Event organizers and County staff together developed the new policy. The public reviewed the recommendations during two community meetings and through an online survey.
To better support special events, Arlington has established a one-stop shop for event organizers to assist in coordinating with the various County resources, processes and billing aspects that go into administering a special event. For more information about holding a special event in Arlington call 703-228-1876, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the County website and search special events.
To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll down on the Arlington County Board Regular Meeting November Agenda to Item #15.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world -including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.