FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is notifying the public about an event taking place this weekend at Centennial Park, which has not been given a Special Event Permit.

A post on the City of Fort St. John Facebook page says the event appears to be in contravention of the current Public Health Orders and is not permitted.

According to the City of Fort St. John, an application for a Special Event Permit is required if it is a pre-planned one-time, annual, or infrequent event involving or impacting public property, facilities, parks, sidewalks, streets, or parking lots controlled by the City of Fort St. John.

Examples include but are not limited to bicycle races, sidewalk sales, weddings, family reunions, and fundraisers.

For event organizers looking to host an event, the city has a permit process.

Step 1 is filling out the Special Event Permit Application Form,  including a copy of insurance, an emergency response plan, a COVID-19 plan, a contact information sign-in sheet, and a site map. After that, the Facilities Allocation Clerk will reach out to discuss the event. After paying the $32 Special Event Fee and details are finalized, the City will email the organizer with approval.

A Freedom Canada Festival event is planned for Saturday, June 5th, at Centennial Park from 12 to 3 p.m.

A Facebook video advertises a playground, activities for kids, food trucks, guest speakers, and music associated with the event.