Looking for information about a City event? Please visit the Event Calendar.
Welcome to the City Manager's Special Event Permit Homepage
Thank you for your interest in scheduling your event in the City of Santa Cruz! Santa Cruz is known for its incredible weather and beautiful beach setting and is the perfect location for your event.
The City issues several different types of permits:
PUBLIC SPECIAL EVENTS (new forms)
Public special event may involve street closures, amplified music, admission charges, sales of goods or services, large numbers of people, and/or the use of City property and City personnel. These requirements each have separate costs and varying departmental participation.
A NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY (new forms)
Although by invitation only, does involve a street closure in order to set-up tables/chairs/canopies for neighbors to mingle.
NON-COMMERCIAL EVENT APPLICATION (new form)
Any political, civic, religious or other public activity intended primarily for the communication of ideas as opposed to the generation of monetary profit by the participants in or sponsors of the event or the advertisement of products, goods or services. Marches/parades that remain on sidewalks, as opposed to the street, would be included in these types of events.
FILMING (new forms)
Filming on public property in the City of Santa Cruz requires a permit. This application is solely for the use of public property within the City’s jurisdiction. If private property is utilized, arrangements must be made with the property owner. The Film Permit page will provide additional information and the necessary forms.
PRIVATE SPECIAL EVENTS
Private special events such as weddings
, private picnics or park rentals are handled through the Parks and Recreation Department.
Please contact us to start the permitting process:
Kathy Agnone, Coordinator
Special Event Permit Office
City of Santa Cruz
809 Center Street, Room 10
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Special Event Permit Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to noon
Fridays - CLOSED due to City furlough schedule