Welcome to Temporary Campus Exterior Activities Requests

Outdoor activities cannot be guaranteed for approval if a request is submitted less than 10 business days in advance

How to have an outdoor event at U-M

(An event is a temporary outdoor activity on campus)


1. Event Idea

  • Meeting with your organization to determine the following questions regarding your event:
    •  1) What?  2) When?  3) Who?  4) Where?  5) Why?  6) How?

2. Review AVPFO Events Website Info.

  • All outdoor events held on UM’s campus must be approved by the Associate Vice President’s Office for Facilities & Operations (AVPFO) Office of Alcohol, Events & Filming.
  • • This applies to all designated outdoor common areas on the UM-Ann Arbor Campus with the following exceptions: Central Campus Diag, Eda U. Gerstacker Grove (North Campus Diag), Nichols Arboretum, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Rec Sports facilities and Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus.
  • • Review the university guidelines and policies for outdoor events
    • Make adjustments to your event as needed

3. Submit an Outdoor Events Request Form

  • • Outdoor event space is a first-come, first-serve basis with up to 12 months in advance, which means we only hold the requested outdoor space for an event once the request form and layout have been submitted.
  • • Receive confirmation of your event submission.
  • • Wait to hear back from the AVPFO Outdoor Events office, unless your event is a week or less from the event date.

4. Discussion

  • • Understand the University retains the right to cancel, deny, postpone, or alter arrangements for any event if necessary. Any misrepresenting the nature of the activity or failure to fully disclose pertinent details regarding this event, may result in additional charges or denial of future outside facility use.
  • • Include any updated/adjusted event items as you are continuing to plan as they emerge prior to the event date.

5. Receive Approved Permit

  • • Read thoroughly through your outdoor event permit and contact AVPFO if concerns/questions arise on the permit [email protected] (734)615-9075.

6. Take Action

  • • All policies and guidelines stated within the Outdoor Event Permit must be followed for the event to be valid.
  • • You must take action on all required permit items that apply to your event to complete your reservation. (examples include: submitting a work order for waste containers or sprinkler shut-off, submitting form for food license, arranging for EHS Fire Safety and/or Food Safety approvals/inspections, contacting DPSS for security, etc.)
  • • Keep the permit onsite with the coordinator during all hours of events.

Have a memorable & safe event!