Special Events

The Colorado State Patrol Special Events Unit (SEU) is responsible for the permitting of special events which occur outside of a municipality and may impact a state highway. The Patrol Act, specifically section 24-33.5-226, directs the Colorado State Patrol in its special event permitting responsibilities. The Colorado State Patrol’s main objective in permitting events is the safety of both event participants and the motoring public. The Colorado State Patrol is required by state law to, as much as possible; reduce the impacts of special events on surrounding communities. The Colorado State Patrol also coordinates all special event road closures with the Colorado Department of Transportation.

A special event can be an athletic activity, parade, concert, festival, photography, or filming. Any activity which may cause a significant impact to traffic on a state highway will require a special event permit issued by this office. An application for a special event permit should be submitted at least 60 days prior to the event. SEU staff considers many factors when reviewing a special event application. For example, will a road closure be necessary? Is the event adjacent to or on the state highway? Will traffic control devices be required? Will law enforcement services be needed? Does the event need an engineered traffic plan? 

CSP troopers are responsible for special events affecting state highways outside of municipalities even if the event occurs within a municipality.Traffic direction on a state highway must be supervised or conducted by a state trooper. In the review and approval of special event applications, the Colorado State Patrol works closely with all special event permitting agencies (county governments, municipalities, federal agencies, and fellow state agencies and departments). The Colorado State Patrol reserves the right to deny a special event permit to any applicant who fails to successfully complete any and all application processes required by permitting agencies. 

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To obtain a special event application email Captain Ron Prater.
For application guidelines 
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Email complete application to Captain Ron Prater.


Captain Ron Prater
Unit Commander
15055 S. Golden Rd.
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303.273.1842


Sergeant Chris Augustine
Operations & Logistics
USPCC, Colorado Grand,
Special Olympics
15055 S. Golden Rd.
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303.273.1841
Martha Wamsley
Program Assistant
NFL, College Escorts, 
Boulder County Events
15055 S. Golden Rd.
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303.273.1843