After I complete the special event permit application, what is the process?
- Once the Application has been completed, the Business License Division will then direct the Applicant to the Planning Department on the Second Floor for review and approval of the Plot Plan. Note: other department approvals such as Police and Engineering may be necessary depending on the type of event.
- Once Planning has received and approved the Plot Plan, they will direct the Applicant to the Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Division, which is also located on the Second Floor of City Hall. CRR will review and approve the Plot Plan for fire and life safety concerns and will issue any pertinent Special Permits (e.g., tents/canopies, special event fees, open flame, etc.). CRR will then direct the Applicant back to the Business License Division on the First Floor.
- The Business License Division will then accept the Application and department approvals and will place it on the Agenda for the Permits and License Committee Meeting for approval consideration. The Permits and License Committee meets every Wednesday. However, the item must be placed on the Agenda no later than the Friday before the next Wednesday meeting in order to give the public notice as required by the Brown Act.
- Once the Committee has approved the Application, the Applicant will be able to go forward with the Special Event.
How long does the special event permit application process take?
Be advised that the Special Event Application Process takes approximately 3 weeks to complete.
What information do I need to include with my special event permit application?
Applicants must also be sure to bring a plot plan of the facility, which includes the location of the event on the premises, any stationary objects such as tables, chairs, etc. with their respective dimensions.
What is a "Special Permit" and why do I need one?
All events open to the public require a permit from the City’s Committee on Permits and Licenses.
Where do I apply for a special event permit?
Special Event applicants must go to the Business License Desk on the First Floor of City Hall to complete an Event Permit Application.