Social Gathering

In recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic and the risk that social gatherings present for the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Newark community, members of City Council passed Emergency Ordinance No. 20-07 on November 23, 2020 to align with Governor John Carney’s home gathering limit issued on November 17, 2020. Emergency Ordinance No. 20-07 limits the number of attendees at private residences. Please take note of these specific guidelines:

  • The City of Newark will not allow increases in indoor social gathering limits for as long as Emergency Ordinance No. 20-07 is in effect; indoor gathering limits are set at 10 people, regardless of age.
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 20 people are allowed in City limits without a permit; gatherings can be increased to a maximum of 150 attendees with a City of Newark Social Gathering Permit.

    • The City of Newark may unilaterally grant a permit for a gathering with up to 150 guests.
    • A gathering that exceeds 150 guests must obtain a Special Event Permit found at https://newarkde.gov/1182/Permit-Requests
    • Proof of DPH approval must also be submitted along with the Newark Social Gathering Permit Application when the headcount exceeds 150.
    • Event plans can be sent to DPH at HSPcontact@delaware.gov; Newark’s Permit Application can be found at www.newarkde.gov/socialgathering.

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Download and complete the permit here (Right click, and Save link as...)

Completed applications may be returned using one of the following methods:

Via email: socialgathering@newark.de.us

Via mail: City of Newark

City Manager’s Office

220 South Main Street

Newark, DE 19711

In person: Please hand-deliver permit applications and supporting documents to the Code Enforcement Division at City Hall (address is the same as above). The Customer Service Representative taking your application will deliver it to the City Manager’s Office for review.