Please visit the Parks & Recreation Department to schedule your private special event.


Public Special Events scheduled on City property may include street closures, amplified music, admission charges, sales of goods or services, large numbers of people, and/or City personnel. These requirements each have separate permit costs, related fees and various departmental approval requirements. This page provides information and the necessary forms to submit an application.

Listed below are some general questions that you will need to consider when planning your event and completing the application.

  • Where will this event take place? 
  • How many people do you expect/want to attend? 
  • Will there be amplified sound? 
  • Will there be sales of any kind? 
  • Will there be a charge for admittance or participation? 
  • Will there be a parade or march? 
  • Will a street closure be necessary? 
  • Will there be alcohol? 
  • Will your event require city staff?

Public Special Event Permit Application:

The following forms should be reviewed and completed as indicated in the application packet (new).

 When Turning in Your Application:

Complete the application answering each question as thoroughly as possible. Submit a completed application a minimum of 60 days prior to the event with the $75.00 non-refundable application fee. (Note: a $150.00 non-refundable application fee is due if application is submitted 30-59 days prior to the events.)

Applications submitted less than 30 days prior to the event may not be processed; call prior to submitting.

Applications can be submitted up to one year from the first date of your event.

Kathy Agnone, Coordinator
Special Event Permit Office
City of Santa Cruz
809 Center Street, Room 10
831-420-5011 (fax)

Special Event Permit Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday:  8:00 a.m. to noon & 1 - 5 pm 
Fridays - by appointment


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