Special Event Permit

• Do I need a Special Event Permit?

A Special Event Permit is needed when:

  1. An organized activity take place on private property AND requires a 1) temporary ABC license; 2) tent/canopy/stage/temporary structure permit; 3) uses vendors in or at the event; or 4) falls outside the generally intended use of the property (e.g. blocking the sidewalk, walking in the street, use of a parking lot, food truck event at a school, etc.)
  2. An organized activity takes place on OR has impact on public property, public facilities, sidewalks, medians, or street areas.
  3. An organized activity that takes place in a City Park, City Plaza, or Community Center.

• What types of Special Event Permits are there?


Classes of permits:

  • Class I - Neighborhood Block Party
  • Class I (2 consecutive days or less, fewer than 500 people, no City services)
  • Class II (2 consecutive days or less, fewer than 500 people, City services needed/required)
  • Class III (2 consecutive days or less, 500 people or more, no City services)
  • Class IV (2 consecutive days or less, 500 people or more, City services needed/required)
  • Class V (2 non-consecutive days or more and/or more than 1 time in a calendar year; series)
  • For events in a City Park or Community Center please click HERE

• When is the Special Event Permit application due?

  • All new events, regardless of the impact, should be submitted 6 months prior to the event date.
  • Established events that require at least one of the following: 1) road or sidewalk closure(s); 2) anticipated attendance of 500 people or more; or 3) is a recurring event  (Class III, IV, or V), must submit a completed permit application no later than 90 calendar days before the event date. Examples of these events may include: Parades, street festivals/fairs, food truck events, farmers' markets, etc.
  • Established events that anticipate attendance of fewer than 500 people (Class I or II), must submit a completed permit application no later than 30 calendar days before the event date. Examples of might include: Little League™ parades, block parties, small holiday tree lighting, etc.
  • Late fees are $5-$10/business day.
  • Please see Due Date Chart in order to avoid late fees. 

Event Information

Once your application has been approved and you have complied with City requirements and conditions, you are permitted to have your event. It's advised that you do not advertise your event until you have met with the City's Special Event Committee and/or have tentative approval for your event. Please keep a copy of the permit with you at all times during the event. 

Failure to apply for a Special Event Permit (12.25.120) is a misdemeanor and may be subject to citations.

• Who can I contact for additional information?

No City services needed
Barbara Yee-Charlson Community Development (510) 494-4561
City services and/or road closures needed
Amy Gee Police (510) 790-6967
Parks & Community Centers
Michael Sa Recreation
(510) 494-4372


This permit information can change at any time.