Special Events Application Process

To host an event in the City of Ferndale, you must complete and submit a Special Event Application. There are a number of crucial aspects to consider when planning an event—including parking, required permits, and issues of legality—and our Director of Special Events will work with you to ensure a safe and successful event. The following is what you'll need to complete this application:

  • An accurate estimation of maximum attendance
  • Site map of the event area, including site locations, facilities, parks, pavilions, etc.
  • A meeting with the Director of Special Events to review and evaluate the details of the application for clarification of requirements and fees

Small events (fewer than 500 attendees) and large events (500 or more attendees) will also need:

  • To apply at least 90 days prior to the event date(s)
  • Information about use of public property, street and/or parking lot closures, and special parking
  • Information about cleanup plans and waste management

Additional requirements, if proposed in a Special Event Application:

  • Certificate of Liability Insurance to include the City of Ferndale as “additional insured”
  • Temporary Liquor License from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC)
  • Temporary License from the Oakland County Health Department
  • Written approval for private property use
  • Portable restrooms, including hand-washing stations
  • Other necessities as determined by the Director of Special Events, and the Special Events Committee

Application fees are based on the Special Event Classification, a determination made by assessing the potential liability risk. The application fees are non-refundable and must be paid in advance to begin the special events process.

  • Class 1: low hazard—no physical activity by participants and no severe exposure to spectators; ex. social gatherings, seminars, theatrical performances, and auctions
  • Class 2: moderate hazard—limited physical activity by participants and no severe exposure to spectators; ex. dances, animal shows, flea markets, parades, and picnics
  • Class 3: high hazard—major participation by participants and/or moderate exposure to spectators; ex. parades with floats, marathons or races, and circuses/carnivals
  • Class 4: severe hazard—severe exposure to spectators and/or participants; ex. alcoholic beverage sales, vehicle shows, fireworks, and ice-carving events

Use of City Parks, Pavilions, and Facilities. Contact the Kulick Community Center at 248-544-6767 to secure parks, pavilions, and/or Kulick facilities.

For more information about special events, contact:

Michael Lary
Director of Special Events

The Process

It is the responsibility of the Ferndale Police Department to respond to citizen issues promptly and efficiently. It is also important to be aware that there may be issues that don't offer an immediate resolution. These conflicts include:

  • Agency policies
  • Environmental requirements
  • Public safety practices
  • Delivery of service
  • Employee conduct

The resolution of these issues is important to the department in order to maintain the highest professional standards.


If your complaint has not been resolved by the employee you first contacted, you may request to speak to the on-duty supervisor.  

  • This can be done in person or over the phone.  
  • If a supervisor is not available immediately, you will have the option to schedule a return phone call or an appointment.


The  supervisor on-duty will attempt to resolve your issue. If a resolution has not been met, a Citizen Complaint Form should be filled out and submitted.  

  • This is available in person or online
  • This form will be investigated by the officer’s shift Lieutenant; once completed, it will be reviewed by the Patrol Division Commander and Chief of Police.


After your complaint is processed, you will be informed of the final disposition by phone and mail. These determinations can include: sustained (sufficient evidence), not sustained (insufficient evidence), exonerated (lawful incident), or unfounded (false allegation). If additional information is desired, our staff will be happy to provide further detail or reevaluate as needed.

Water Safety Information

The City of Ferndale performs regular water sampling and testing in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, and we continue to surpass water quality standards as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The City provides comprehensive information about lead, chemicals, and other contaminants. For more information, see below.

Lead and Your Public Drinking Water

Surpasses EPA water quality standards, per GLWA testing

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory annual testing of each of their community water suppliers. Most recent testing, courtesy of the 2018 Consumers Annual Water Quality Report, shows levels that once again exceed regulation requirements and standards. To learn more about lead testing and water safety, view Lead and Your Water Supply: An Informational Guide.

PFAS and Your Public Drinking Water

Not detected in any water supply, per GLWA testing

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory testing of their water supply to ensure that PFAS, or chemical perfluoroalkyl substances, are not present in community drinking water supplies. Most recent testing of water in five sources (Detroit-based Water Works Park, Springwells, and Northeast water treatment plants, Allen Park-based Southwest Water Treatment Plant, and Lake Huron), performed 2222, confirmed that PFAS was not detected at any level/in any water source. You can view the report for more information.

PFAS Report: Southeast Ferndale

February 2019: The City of Ferndale learned from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now EGLE) of the discovery of PFAS at the privately owned business property located at 1221 Farrow Street, Ferndale, identified as MacDermid, Inc.—a small chemical manufacturing and warehouse facility. Monitoring occurred at the bases of two former waste lagoons, and contamination appears limited to a small, perched zone of groundwater. The designation of this groundwater prevents it from being used as a drinking water source, and stormwater runoff from the contaminated area is captured and treated before discharge to the GLWA. Because this is a reportedly contained issue on private property, EGLE is working directly with the business/property owner(s) to excavate and re-sample. MDEQ recommended no community outreach at this time; the City has elected to publish this information in an effort to maintain transparency and information.

For more information, view the MDEQ report or contact the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.


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