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Risk Management

While vendors can bring a lot of excitement to your event, they can also pose a risk to the University of Denver. When you register your event with the Office of Student Engagement, you will be asked questions that ascertain the overall liability for your event. Some activities are considered high risk and will not be approved under any circumstance.


Aviation: Any activity involving aviation will be denied due to airspace requirements.

Dunk Tanks: Standard dunk tanks have no quick way to remove individuals if they are injured. Alternative dunk tanks will be considered if they have a quick release and a way to get people out of the tank.

Floating Lanterns: Lanterns that are lit and carried by an open flame (candle or wax disc) pose too much of a fire hazard, even when wet. Flames can pose a risk to structures and grass.

Unstable Foods: Bake sales are allowed, but not those that involve unstable foods, such as custards, creams, cheesecake, soufflé, egg dishes, etc.

Weapons: Knives, spears, guns, etc. cannot be sold at fundraising events. Use in performances may be possible with clearance.


Individuals or organizations hosting an event where open flames will be used must have a fire permit. Fire permits are issued by the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Fire Safety or the Denver Fire Department, depending on the type of fire.

Open flames include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Candles
  • Fire Pits
  • Grills
  • Incense
  • Oil Lamps/Lanterns
  • Sterno/Alcohol Fuel

The process for requesting a permit is rather simple. Essentially, you will send an email to the Department of Campus Safety with some basic information about your event. After Campus Safety reviews your email, they will reach out to you to have a conversation about your event. Step-by-step instructions for submitting a fire permit request are listed on Campus Safety’s Fire Permits page.

If your permit request is approved, you will receive a PDF permit that you must print out and keep on hand at the event. If you use open flames at an event without receiving a permit, you run the risk of having your event shut down and facing disciplinary action.