A permit is required for any type of special event. A "Special Event" is an event open to the general public; it can be held on public or private property; it may feature entertainment, amusements, food & beverages; it may be classified as a festival, road race, parade or walk-a-thon. A special event in the City of Gloucester, depending on the size and nature of the event, may require a number of permits or approvals from various departments within the City before it is officially approved and is granted a "special event" permit. Furthermore, special events are governed by the Gloucester Code of Ordinances Sec. 11-8 and Sec. 11-10. Special Events Permit Application.