Downtown Tyler is a popular venue for community events. Throughout the year, you'll see everything from concerts to car shows, art, food, wine, dance, charity fundraisers and more in the historic heart of the city. Organizing an event of any size can be daunting, but we hope the information on this page helps your project be successful.
As with any historically commercial area, Downtown Tyler is densely populated with businesses, institutions, homes, churches and more. Every day and night, traffic and people flow in and out of the area. As such, it is important to balance the needs of downtown's year 'round occupants and those of the events brought to the downtown area.
Below and to the right, you will find information that will clearly define deadlines for common event requests such as street closures that occur within the DBAC - the Downtown Business, Arts and Culture District - an area bordered by Gentry Parkway on the north, Front Street on the south, Palace Avenue on the west and Beckham on the east.
REQUIREMENTS FOR HOLDING EVENTS IN DOWNTOWN TYLER
Use of the T.B. Butler Plaza (the Square): The T.B. Butler Plaza is owned by Smith County. Visit the Smith County website for a reservation form and further information about use of the plaza.
When to Apply for a DBAC Street Closure Permit: If your event will require closure of streets and/or parking spaces within the DBAC, you must apply for a closure permit AT LEAST 60 DAYS PRIOR TO THE EVENT. Applications turned in fewer than 60 days prior to a DBAC-area event will not be accepted. Click here for the application.
How to file for a DBAC Street Closure Permit: Access the application form here. Fill it out, attach all relevant documents, the $250 application fee and your refundable $1,000 clean-up deposit, and turn in to the Tyler Police Department at 711 W. erguson NO FEWER THAN 60 DAYS PRIOR TO THE EVENT.
Notifications Requirement: ALL properties and businesses within and directly next to a proposed closure area must be notified of the closure application, and proof of notification must be turned in to the Tyler Police Department. Examples of notifications and proof of notification are available at this link. The City of Tyler Main Street Department can also assist applicants with maps and other materials relative to the notifications requirement.
Need help? Please feel free to call the City of Tyler Police Department special events permit coordinator at (903) 531-1090 or the City of Tyler Main Street office at (903) 593-6905.