COVID-19 UPDATE | The City is coordinating closely with our public health officials at the Santa Cruz County Health Department to prevent the further spread COVID-19. In an effort to protect you and our community, changes and measures have been adopted in daily operations and activities. For further details please click here for the City’s Response to COVID-19


As of July 6, 2020, Santa Cruz County is aligned with California's stay-at-home order. All economic, recreational and personal activities are now governed by statewide guidance. As we work to implement guidelines associated with the Stage 2 County Variance (listed within the California’s Resiliency Roadmap), we will continue to work and assess opportunities where appropriate and available. 

The following permit types will be considered immediately:

  • Small film permits and film crews applying for outdoor film permits
  • Gathering and Expression Permits

We are evaluating all additional permit applications on a case-by-case basis.  Out of deep concern for the health of our community, all individuals that are interested in obtaining an event permit will be asked to submit a social distancing protocol in addition to the standard event permit application. 

We look forward to working with you. For more information on Parks & Recreation’s COVID-19 response, please visit

City Special Event Calendar 

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. 

Types of Permits

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.


Although by invitation only, does involve a street closure in order to set-up tables/chairs/canopies for neighbors to mingle.


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 for commercial purposes

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 such as weddings, private picnics or park rentals are handled through the Reservations Office.

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