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    Special Events Preparation & Planning

    Fire Code Handbook: (Click Here) Fire Code Handbook Picture (use 11 x 17 paper or scale when printing)

    Grand Rapids has developed education and training to assist  venue participation in Special Events.  Please review the information here, or you can also contact Fire Prevention by phone at 616 456 3900.
    Click on a topic:

    -LOCAL (Licensing, Operation, Capacity, Alcohol, & Liability) Training

    -DECODE (Developed Education for Capacity, Operation and Design of Events) Training



    -Other Special Events


    LOCAL is a joint training effort between Grand Rapids City Departments, and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. The Fire Dept, Police and Vice Unit, Building Inspection Trades and MLCC all participate to provide education about Assembly Occupancy regulations and requirements. Training classes may vary, but most presentations last about 3-6 hours.

    DECODE was designed as a special event training opportunity to educate artists and venues for ArtPrize.It remains a joint training effort including all of the LOCAL representatives, but is specific to Special Events regulations and requirements, including licensure and permitting in Grand Rapids. Training classes are geared toward the time available.

    Grand Rapids has many resources designated to provide all participants in ArtPrize with information about visiting, hosting, or operating a special event in conjunction with the 3 week event. 2011 dates for training are as follows: See DECODE for training, and the links below for direct access to other departments and education.

    Youtube Links:

    Fire Department

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    FD part 2 -

    FD part 3 -

    FD part 4 -

    FD part 5 -

    FD part 6 -

    FD part 7 -

    FD part 8 -

    Police Department -

    Historic Preservation -

    Traffic Safety -

    Also developed is a DECODE Handbook to best pool the information needed to conduct a successful ArtPrize endeavor. Whether you are an artist, venue, building owner, management or planner; this is vital information.

    Each department has links located within the DECODE Handbook to better direct your questions about procedures required to meet local codes and ordinances.


    ARTPRIZE DECODE Handbook  Individual Links:


        Alcohol Management


        Special Events

        Traffic Safety TOP


      (Coming Soon) Please use the ArtPrize Handbook until further links and the Laughfest Handbook is added...


      (Coming Soon) Please use the ArtPrize Handbook until further links and the Fire Code Handbook is added...