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Capitol Public Event Reservation

How to reserve the Idaho State Capitol Building front steps or 2nd floor rotunda for a public event.

(Want to reserve other areas in the Capitol? See here:



MANDATORY: Read the following information. You are required to understand and abide by the rules and information below when you hold a public event at the Idaho State Capitol Building. If you have any questions about this information, email us before you proceed:


Rules for use:

Permit not required for use:

A reservation permit is NOT required for public use of the State Capitol. "A Permit grants a reservation providing priority for use of the area," but public use is permitted without a permit "...subject to the provisions of these rules, on a firstcome, first used basis." [IDAPA 38.04.08, Section 400.01]

Weddings and other private events:

As per the usage rules linked above, weddings, dinners, award ceremonies, memorials, seminars, receptions, proms, parties, and other private events are not permitted uses of the State Capitol Building.

No fee for use:

There is no fee for use of the Capitol Building for public events.

No parking in curved driveway:

Parking is prohibited in the curved driveways in front of the Capitol. CLICK HERE for a picture showing the location referenced.

Equipment we can provide:

For reserved events, a lectern and a portable (battery powered) public address system may be made available for a reservation on the Jefferson Street steps (pending availability). The lectern and PA system will be set up 15 minutes prior to the event start time, on the middle landing of the Front Steps (click here to see locationor on the north side of the 2nd Floor Rotunda (unless you request a different location). This equipment may not be moved by the user. Public address systems are not permitted for reservations in the Rotunda in order to minimize disruptions to offices conducting business. We cannot provide this equipment without an event reservation.

Tables, chairs, and other equipment:

Aside from the items listed above, we are not able to provide other equipment for your event. You are welcome to bring chairs, tables, or other equipment as needed. When using the rotunda, please be sure feet and other points contacting marble floors are padded to protect the marble from damage.

Furnishings inside the Capitol:

You may NOT move any existing Capitol furnishings, including the benches around the rotunda.

Electrical access:

Public events on the Front Steps may utilize 120-volt electrical access on either side of the steps. CLICK HERE for a picture showing the electrical access locations. You will need to provide necessary cords and other supplies as needed for your event. We recommend at least 50 feet of extension cord.

Closure for maintenance:

Notice of closure of public space for maintenance is posted at

Step 2:

Complete and submit the form (PDF and web versions linked below).


  • Pay close attention to the available reservation hours listed on the form! A reservation on the Jefferson Steps can be made for up to four (4) hours. A reservation in the 2nd Floor Rotunda can be make for up to eight (8) hours.
  • Reservations may be made a minimum of 2 business days in advance, and a maximum of 6 months in advance.
  • The form MUST be signed, or it cannot be processed.

Request Form - PDF VERSION

Request Form - WEB VERSION

Step 3:

Submit your completed and signed form in one of the following ways:


  • Email (BEST METHOD):
  • By mail: P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0072
  • By fax: 208.334.4031
  • In person: 502 N. 4th Street, Boise, ID (office hours Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm, except holidays)

Step 4:

After we receive your form, it will be reviewed and processed within two business days.


You will receive a confirmation by email in the form of a calendar event invitation with your completed permit attached. It is wise to print and bring this permit with you to your event, though it is not required.

We reserve the right to cancel a reservation if the location is required for an official State function, including but not limited to use by an elected official. In such case, Facilities Services will notify you and every effort will be made to help you reschedule your reservation.

Reserving Other Areas Inside the Capitol Building

The center open area inside the Capitol Building is the rotunda. There are reservable spaces on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th floors of the rotunda. The rotunda as a whole is an open space, and sound carries readily between all floors. In order to be sure a public event on one floor isn't impacted by sound from another, all three floors are treated as a single reservable space. If there is a reservation on the 1st floor, another event may not reserve the 2nd floor during that same time, and so on. Although the rotunda is treated as a single open space for the purposes of reservation, the 1st and 4th floors reservations are handled by the Legislature while the 2nd floor reservations are handled by the Department of Administration.

For information about reserve the 1st or 4th floor rotunda for public events, see the information at

Events on Other Capitol Mall Properties

Events on Capitol Mall properties other than the Capitol Building do not require completion of the Public Event Reservation Request form. Individuals or organizations wishing to hold events on Capitol Mall properties should familiarize themselves with IDAPA Rules for the Interior of Capitol Mall Buildings and IDAPA Rules for the Exterior of Capitol Mall Buildings.