City of Stonecrest opens permitting process for outdoor and indoor special events

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With summer on the way, the City of Stonecrest has opened its permitting process for members of the public to host special events at the city’s parks and recreation facilities. Permit requests also are being accepted for special events on non-city-owned property under a separate plan, city officials said.

The City Council unanimously approved the two, phased plans on Monday (May 24) after a lengthy discussion. The council gave the nod to begin accepting permit applications for special events as of Tuesday, May 25.

For those seeking to use city facilities, permits initially will be given for outdoor events for 150 people or less and indoor events for 50 people or less. The city’s facilities will be available beginning July 4 to coincide with the opening of the Browns Mill Aquatics Center.

Those who wish to use city facilities for larger crowds—up to 300 people—will be able to do so beginning on Labor Day, Sept. 4. Requests should be made as soon as possible to secure dates since permitting process takes about 30 to 45 days, officials said.

“We are slowly transitioning the community back to normal as COVID-19 restrictions are being eased,” said Stonecrest Parks and Recreation Director Brandon Riley. “We don’t want to rush. We we still plan to follow state protocols concerning COVID-19. Safety remains our main concern.”

For those seeking to host outdoor special events on non-city owned property, there are no restrictions on the number of guests allowed to attend. City officials said, however, the event organizers must have the required permits and should plan ahead to secure their date, proper insurance, police plan, fire marshal permit and other required documents.

To request a special events permit application from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, call 470-552-7275 or email

To request a special events permit application for a non-city property, visit City Hall, 3120 Stonecrest

One comment

  • S

    May 26, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Though Covid 19 still lingers, it’s still nice to see people trying to move on with their lives as possible with graduations whether elementary, high school or college students or enjoying certain events,there is one thing that has always baffled me with just not with the City of Stonecrest,but with DeKalb as a whole. Other than stadiums,why doesn’t the county have any physical venues for people to hold them?

    For example(s), whenever DeKalb high school students have their commencement ceremonies ,most times it either at a stadium or a church. Far as stadiums,it can get too hot and affect a person’s health or if it rains,it may be held in the school gym( I remember that day.How uncomfortable that was). With Church.. depending on how large the class is ,it can get hot with barely any room. Also ,you may have students / administrators who are from different religions or are non Christians and not comfortable with the idea.

    A couple of years ago,there was a DeKalb county high school that had their graduation at Infinite Energy Center in Gwinnett County. That money could have been kept in our county if we had some type of large venue. The City Of Stockbridge will be opening their amphitheater in July ( I believe) along with civic center center( though I have no idea how large it will be).

    I could be wrong but it seems that most of the metro ATL counties have event venues except DeKalb. It’s about time it be considered for them.


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