Do residents need to file for a permit to hold a protest?
There is no permit needed to hold a protest in the right of way on the sidewalk. We do ask that you stay on the sidewalk and not in the street for the safety of all participants. If you were thinking of holding a protest and reserving the Village Green for your use, that does involve a permit from our Parks Department.
Protesters are asked to use the available trash and recycling receptacles for waste disposal and take their signs, leftover water and snacks, or other supplies with them when they leave for the day. In addition, we remind protesters to be mindful not to trample the surrounding park landscaping or deface the brick walls with chalk or other writing. Any supplies left after the conclusion of the protest or writing on the permanent structures will be removed according to public maintenance policy and procedures.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage protesters to be mindful of public health recommendations to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. We are happy to work with you to help facilitate your plans, if you’d like to share any more information about what you expect. City staff and our Divisions of Police and Fire are happy to assist and provide support to assure the safety and well-being of all protesters for a safe and peaceful protest.