This is only a summary of this ordinance. Please contact the City of Harmony at 507-886-8122 should you be interested in a copy of the full ordinance.


EXHIBITION. A company of persons gathered together at any location at any single time for any purpose.

PERSON. Any individual natural human being, partnership, corporation, firm, company, association, society or group.


(A) No person shall permit, maintain, promote, conduct, advertise, act as entrepreneur, undertake, organize, manage or sell or give tickets to an exhibition for an assemblage of 1,500 or more people, whether on public or private property, unless a license to hold the exhibition has first been issued by the City, application for which must be made at least 90 days in advance of the exhibition.

(B) A separate license shall be required for each event in which 1,500 people shall assemble for an exhibition or can reasonably be anticipated to assemble. The City Council shall establish a schedule of fees for permits.

A license shall permit the exhibition to only the maximum number of people stated in the license. The licensee shall not sell tickets to nor permit to exhibit at the licensed location more than the maximum permissible number of people.

This subchapter shall not apply to any exhibition in a permanent place of worship, stadium, athletic field, arena, auditorium, coliseum, or other structure permanently established for indoor assembly or exhibitions, which do not exceed by more than 250 people, the maximum seating capacity of the structure where the exhibition is held.

This subchapter shall not apply to government sponsored events held on regularly established grounds.


Before a license may be issued, the applicant shall first do the following.

Determine the maximum number of people which will be assembled or admitted to the location of the exhibition, provided that the maximum number shall not exceed the maximum number which can reasonably assemble at the location of the exhibition.

At the time the application is submitted, the applicant shall provide a plan including all of the provisions required by § 117.05 herein, for operation of the assembly.


Application for a license to hold an actual or anticipated exhibition for an assembly of 1,500 persons or more shall be made in writing to the City Council at least 90 days in advance of the exhibition.

The application shall contain a statement made upon oath or affirmation that:

The statements contained therein are true and correct to the best knowledge of the applicant; and

The exhibition does not violate any zoning, health or public safety ordinances of the City, or regulations of the State Board of Health, or any real estate covenants; and

Shall be signed and sworn to or affirmed by the individual making application

The application shall contain an operating plan and shall disclose the following information.

The address and legal description of all property upon which the exhibition is to be held, together with the name, residence, and mailing address of the record owner(s) of all property.

Proof of ownership of all property upon which the exhibition is to be held

The nature or purpose of the exhibition.

The total number of days and/or hours during which the exhibition is to last.

The maximum number of persons which the applicant shall permit to assemble at the exhibition at any time, not to exceed 3,000 per day

The maximum number of persons allowed to sleep within the camping facilities of the location of the exhibition in compliance with all state and local requirements as set forth in Minnesota Statutes and regulations and resolutions of the City. Security shall meet the requirements of local authorities and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

The maximum number of tickets to be sold, if any. The maximum per day shall not exceed 3,000.

The plans of the applicant to limit the maximum number of people permitted to assemble.

The plans for fencing the location of the exhibition and the gates contained in the fence.

The plans for supplying potable water including the source, amount available, and location of outlets. Potable water must meet all federal and state requirements for sanitary quality, and be sufficient to provide drinking water for the maximum number of people to be assembled.

The plans for providing toilet and lavatory facilities, meeting all state and local specifications, conveniently located throughout the grounds, in accordance with the State Board of Health regulations and standards.

The plans for holding, collection, and disposing of solid waste material in compliance with state and local laws and regulations, sufficient to dispose of the solid waste production.

The plans to provide for medical care. The plan shall provide for a Registered Nurse or Emergency Medical Technician licensed to practice in Minnesota, of at least one nurse or EMT, and at least one licensed emergency ambulance with attendants present at all times for gatherings in excess of 1,500 people.

The plans, if any, to illuminate the location of the assembly, including the source and amount of power and the location of lights sufficient to light the entire area of the exhibition.

The plans for parking vehicles, including size and location of lots.

The plans for area traffic control for egress from and exit onto public roads or highways.

The plans for telephones service including the source, number and location of telephones.

The plans for security and traffic and narcotics control which will meet the requirements of local authorities and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety; provide for regularly employed off-duty Minnesota law enforcement officers or protective agents licensed in Minnesota sufficient to provide adequate security for the maximum number of people to be assembled. At least one security guard for every 100 people will be provided for the first 1,500 people to assemble. For exhibitions of more than 1,500 people, additional security guards will be provided at the rate of one for each 250 people. Any additional staffing or expenses incurred by law enforcement shall be the responsibility of the event holder.

The plans for fire protection as may be required by § 110.18(B). The applicant shall work with the Harmony Emergency Management to insure that a plan is in place should there be threatening weather or unforeseen need to vacate the area.

The plans for sound control and sound amplification, and showing compliance with City Ordinance Section 92.18.

The plans for food concessions and concessioners who will be allowed to operate on the grounds.

The plans for post-exhibition clean up of the site within forty-eight (48) hours after closing, including removal of all garbage, litter and debree.

The application shall provide for a certificate of insurance, for a commercial general liability policy naming the city as the additional name insured, in an amount of at least $1,000,000.00.

The application shall Provide for a bond or cashier's check either in cash or underwritten by a surety company licensed to do business in Minnesota, for the amount of $1,000.00 per day. The bond or cashier's check shall be held for a minimum of 30 days after the event.

The application shall include payment of the license fee.


The application for a license shall be processed within 40 days of receipt, and shall be issued if all conditions are complied with.


The license may be revoked by the governing body of this political subdivision at any time, if any of the conditions necessary for the issuing of or contained in the license are not complied with, or if any condition previously met ceases to be complied with.


The provisions of this subchapter may be enforced by injunction in any court of competent jurisdiction.

The holding of an exhibition in violation of any provision or condition contained in this subchapter shall be deemed a public nuisance and may be abated as such.

Any person who violates § 117.03(A), or who violates any condition upon which he or she is granted a license, will forfeit an appropriate amount from the bond required in §117.05(E).

Any person, partnership, association, or corporation who conducts or takes part in any exhibition not licensed, as provided in this subchapter, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.