The City of Asheville supports and respects an individual’s constitutional right to exercise free speech in a peaceful manner. In order to maintain the safety of everyone in our community, we would like to remind everyone that causing harm or injury to persons or property, blocking streets and intersections, and trespassing are illegal offenses and can result in arrest. The Asheville Police Department will stand by for anyone that may need assistance.
Asheville upholds First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly, but additional components such as the selling of merchandise, food, and entertainment may appear more reflective of a special event or festival
. City services including road closures, reservation of space, allowances for sales, vending, commercial solicitation, use of city utilities, generators, tents, structures, and other special-use components are unavailable to non-permitted events.
Please use the following format to share details with us of your activity so City staff can be best prepared. You will receive confirmation of receipt.