Apply For a Permit / Reservation
The City of Santa Rosa recognizes the substantial community benefits that may result from community events and wishes to encourage such public celebrations. At the same time, the City must take into consideration the public safety issues, the impact on neighborhoods and the draw on some City services which these events create. The event permit process is intended to provide a coordinated process for issuing permits and to create a mechanism for cost recovery for special events without adversely impacting those events that contribute to the community. The process is also intended to protect the rights of its citizens to engage in protected free speech activities.
Events are one-time, annual or recurring events, including, but not limited to, film production, block parties, festivals, outdoor markets, concerts, parades, walks, runs, cycling events, athletic tournaments, day camps, weddings, social gatherings and fundraisers that take place on public streets, sidewalks, alleys, parking areas, civic sites or parks, that are above and beyond the normal pattern of use.
These events require a permit from the City of Santa Rosa. Depending on the location or type of activity, please select the appropriate permit for your event. Please contact us if you are not sure which permit you need.
- Special Event Permit for events using streets, sidewalks, alleys and parking areas.
- Block Party Permit for block parties on residential streets.
- Civic Site Permit for events using Courthouse Square, the grounds of City Hall, Comstock Mall and similar downtown sites.
- Park Permit for events using park property.
- Film Permit for commercial film production on City property.
For guaranteed exclusive use of a Community Park picnic area on a scheduled date (picnic reservations are not available at Neighborhood Parks).
Sport Field Reservation
For guaranteed exclusive use of a Community Park sports court or athletic field on a scheduled date.
For a street performer intending to receive monetary contribution or donation for the performance, or place any structure, chair, stool, table or other physical object in a public area.
For property owners wishing to remove their street tree.
For mobile push-cart vending in downtown Santa Rosa.