City of Longview facilities and pavilions are now available for rental, following Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-34, which lifted occupancy and operating limits on business and establishments across the state. However, event hosts are encouraged to follow good-faith efforts to reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
According to the order, outdoor event hosts are no longer required to receive mayoral approval for their event as it related to COVID-19 measures. However, outdoor events are still subject to normal permitting requirements as administered through Development Services.
- An Outdoor Event Permit, administered through Planning and Zoning within Development Services, is necessary for any outdoor event that goes beyond the property’s normal business operations based on factors such as crowd size, parking, vendors, large tents, street closures, and use of right-of-way. Please note that events requiring street closures are not currently being granted.
- Parade Permit forms through the Longview Police Department are required for parades as well as 5K, Fun Runs, or other events that require street routed street closures. Please note that parade permits are currently not being granted.
- If you plan to host your event within a city park or at a city pavilion, you must reserve the facility directly through the Parks and Recreation Department.
- If you are serving food to the public, except for a private-only event, you will also need a food service permit from Environmental Health.
- If you plan to host your event at the Longview Convention Complex, you must reserve the facility directly with complex staff.
The City of Longview encourages all event hosts to comply with state and federal guidelines for conducting a safe event. Recommendations can be found at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus, which includes encouraging employees and attendees to wear masks, maintain social distancing, sanitize, and wash hands.