ST. JOHN | Outdoor special events in town are now subject to a permitting process.
The Town Council took the action after previous years where events overlapped or competed, straining town resources, officials said in adopting the measure.
During the town's 175th anniversary celebration in 2012, there were cases where events hosted by churches, restaurants and other entities all occurred at the same time, Town Manager Steve Kil said.
The permitting process is intended to make sure the Police Department and other public safety personnel are able to cover the events and provide protection, Kil said.
No fee will be charged for a permit, but a penalty of up to $100 applies for those who fail to register, officials said.
Included among outdoor events requiring a permit are carnivals, concerts, bazaars, festivals, craft fairs, flea markets, cultural celebrations, fireworks displays and other activities held at any place other than a permanent building or installation in the town.
The permit process will enable better scheduling and monitoring of events and better security and traffic control, official said.
Businesses in town are being notified of the new procedure, Kil said.