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Binghamton council approves changes to event permits

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- If you're planning an event on City of Binghamton property, there are a few changes you need to be aware of.

Binghamton's City Council unanimously passed legislation Wednesday that overhauls the permit process for any events within city limits.

The major amendments include increased fees and the amount of time you need to apply for a permit. It will now cost $25 for the first day of an event and $10 for each additional day an event takes place. There is also a $50 fee for hanging a banner.

Groups will also need to apply for a permit 35 days prior to an event taking place. That's ten days ahead of the old requirement of 25 days.

"We don't want to discourage any events, we don't want to have anybody get pushed away, we want all these events to occur in the City of Binghamton. What we're trying to do is make sure everyone gets treated by the same standard form, because this hasn't been looked at in about 30 years and there was just a lot of amendments and additions added and when people apply we just want to make sure everything goes through smoothly," said Binghamton City Councilor Jerry Motsavage.

The changes to event permits are set to take effect on January 1st.

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