Scottsdale City Council passes updated special events ordinance

An aerial view of Camelback and Scottsdale Roads. (submitted photo)

An aerial view of Camelback and Scottsdale Roads. (file photo)

The Scottsdale City Council passed a new special events ordinance for the first time in 23 years during the March 15 city council meeting.

The new ordinance is to be more in-line with events and processes in today’s time and will go into effect on July 1, according to Scottsdale Tourism and Events Director, Karen Churchard.

“The special event ordinance was written into the tourism strategic plan which was adopted by council in 2013,” said Ms. Churchard in a March 30 phone interview. “It was on our list of things to do, and it was just starting in May of 2015.”

The two changes worth noting are that there will not be any art-related events if they are perceived to be conflicting with the Thursday ArtWalk in Old Town Scottsdale; and the duration and frequency of events has been modified. Events can only happen for 10 days or less, and can not have the same event more than 24 times with a year. In addition, those events can only happen 10 days per quarter, amongst all seasons, said Ms. Churchard.

“Very few events would be effected by the new ordinances,” said Ms. Churchard.

In addition to passing the new ordinance, the city is creating a new website for residents and guests interested in hosting an event.

“Anyone interested in doing an event in Scottsdale will have a user friendly website,” said Ms. Churchard.

More information about the new special events ordinance can be found on the city’s website,

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