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Special Event permits

The City of Sacramento is proud to host more than five hundred public special events annually, including runs, walks, triathlons, parades, concerts and festivals. With a vibrant downtown and midtown, the historic riverfront district known as Old Sacramento, the State Capitol and more than 220 parks, the City of Sacramento has many venues available to accommodate your special event.

What is a Special Event?

A special event is an activity taking place on all or any portion of a public street, sidewalk or alley by an organized assembly of more than 50 people, or if your park activity meets one or more of the following conditions:

  • Anticipated attendance is 200 or greater;
  • Event is open to the public;
  • Alcohol consumption/sales;
  • Amplified sound (excluding announcements and boom boxes).

If you are planning a street closure intended for residents only, not the general public, you should complete a Neighborhood Block Party Application.

Special Event Permit Application

If your planned activity meets the special event definition, you must submit a completed Special Event Permit Application at least sixty days prior to the event and no more than one year in advance of your proposed event date. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and will delay processing which could affect the availability of your preferred event date or location.

Upon receiving your completed Special Event Permit Application, a representative from Special Event Services will contact you and serve as your primary point of contact during the processing of your application. This person will review your application, determine whether the Special Event Review Board will need to review your event and set your permit requirements and fees. Your representative will also serve as the liaison between City department, regulatory agencies and you, the event organizer. Once you have met your permit requirements and paid permit fees, you will be issued a Special Event Permit.

Need Assistance or Have Questions?

Special Event Services is happy to assist you. Please contact us via email at or by phone at (916) 808-7888.