The Special Event Planning Guide has been developed as a reference tool to provide event organizers with information essential to hosting public events in the City of Santa Barbara. This guide contains essential information regarding rules, regulations and additional permitting requirements that vary depending on the elements and activities that will be incorporated into the event.
Additional permits and compliance items issued by other City departments or County, State and Federal agencies may be required as a condition to obtain a Special Event Permit from the City of Santa Barbara. The proposed event location, infrastructure, size and elements determine these additional requirements. In most cases these additional requirements have an associated cost. Please review the Planning Guide section titled “Special Event Permit and Compliance Items” for more information.