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, carnival in a parking lot, food truck event at a school, etc.)
  2. An organized activity take 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 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?
  • Events that anticipates attendance of fewer than 500 people, must submit a completed permit application no later than 30 calendar days before the actual event date. Examples of might include: Little League™ parades, block parties, etc.
  • Events that require either 1) road or sidewalk closure(s); 2) anticipated attendance of 500 people or more; or 3) is a recurring event, must submit a completed permit application no later than 90 calendar days before the actual event date. Examples of these events include: Parades, street festivals/fairs, food truck event, farmers' markets, etc.
  • Late fees are $5-$10/business day. Please see due date chart in order to avoid late fees.
► All new events, regardless of the impact, be submitted 6 months prior to the event application deadline.

Event Information
Once your application has been approved and you comply with City requirements and permit 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, in case City staff asks for it. 

Failure to apply for a Special Event Permit (12.25.120) is a misdemeanor.

• Who can I contact for additional information?
  Permit Type
Contact Name
 Department
 Contact Information
Class I and II
Barbara Yee-Charlson Community Development (510) 494-4561
Class III, IV, & V
Maya Williams Police (510) 790-6967
Parks & Community Centers Rena Kiehn Community Services
(510) 790-5546

Disclaimer
This permit information can change at any time. Please contact the Development Services Center for the most current information.