But this was not a little kids party, this was a protest. A protest in which someone wanted to burn 2998 books, this suddenly comes in a whole different category of "events". The police, fire department, health department, etc. were all involved in this event and in no way would the city/parks authority would be able to review all the issues that arose from the burning of 2998 books that were doused in a flammable liquid. Was the site he wanted to do this safe enough to make sure that no fires would break out in the park. Did the fire department have enough capacity to provide a safe burn, etc. etc.
This was not a normal application and if such a difficult permit is being applied for the city/parks authority must have enough time to make an informed and safe decision and for that reason there is the 2 week rule. Jones and his organization failed to comply with this rule and as their application was far from straightforward the city denied his request for that permit.