Parades, Processions & More

In accordance with City of Batavia Ordinance 7-1-12 (B), an application (PDF) for a permit to hold a parade, procession, demonstration, and/or open air meeting on a public way or upon grounds abutting a public way within the City of Batavia is required.

Permit Requirements
Although not all events require permits, a permit must be obtained for the following:
  • A march or parade that does not stay on the sidewalk and other events that require blocking traffic or street closures
  • A large rally requiring the use of sound amplifying devices
  • A rally at certain designated parks or plazas, such as federal property managed by the General Services Administration.
Parade permits are free of charge and the city recommends that requests be made at least 72 hours prior to the event, especially if street closures are required. A permit cannot be denied because the event is controversial or will express unpopular views. If marchers stay on the sidewalk and obey traffic and pedestrian signals, their activity is constitutionally protected even without a permit. Marchers are required to allow enough space on the sidewalk for normal pedestrian traffic and may not unreasonably obstruct or detain passers-by, vehicular traffic or block access to buildings.

Although a permit may not be required in all cases, it is highly recommended that it is obtained in order to determine if any city services will be needed to make your event a success. If you have any questions, please contact the Batavia Police Department at 630-454-2500.