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Old June 8th, 2010, 12:29 PM   #1
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How to organize an event

I'd like to know what kind of permits, insurance ect it typically takes to have a law abiding off road event in Jackson County Michigan. Is there a one stop shopping center for info like that?
Thanks in advance. I'd like to have a 4th of July bog and time is running short.

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Old June 8th, 2010, 06:46 PM   #2
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To be honest, there is no "one stop shop". The best place to start is going to be dependent upon where the event will take place. Public land = city, county, and DNR. Private land = City/ county (and still possibly the DNR, believe it or not). Most places have several permits that need to be pulled (for number of people, for alcohol, for open fires/ bbq, for noise, for parking, etc). These usually all have a fee associated with them.

Along with the permits is insurance. If it's private land, homeowners usually won't cover any damages or liability for an event that is open to the public OR is charged for. Best route is to have everyone sign a waiver as they come in, but that still won't cover your butt. I know local placed have to have event coverage of $1,000,000 liability if they are serving alcohol, so that's something to keep in mind.

Honestly, you're probably too late to go about this the legal way. Sad to say it, but for events like Snofari and Sno-blind, we start pulling event permits this time of year to host the event in January.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 09:31 AM   #3
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I guess you would need to start at the Township offices. I would ask if they "have to" issue a large party permit to have an event at your home? usually over 100+ people.
I wouldn't worry about noise and such as long as it day light hours.
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Old June 16th, 2010, 03:43 PM   #4
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the township/county actually is in favor of my mud event. Does the state get involved anywhere along the way? What insurance co should I check with or do they all offer liability ins.? I'm contacting my attorney tomorrow. You think it takes THAT long to pull permits? Just so you know, I'm just east of "the blueberry patch"....so stay tuned if you like mud/trails
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