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Planning a Special Event in the City of Santa Barbara

Do you want to organize a new event for our community but don’t know where to start?  Is your event already established and you need to complete an application for this year’s event? You’ve come to the right spot. Contained on this webpage is all the information needed to guide you through our special events permitting process including information, rules and regulations, deadlines and required paperwork that’s important in planning your event. We’ve also added links to other City permit applications that are commonly required of special events.

Click here for the Special Event Planning Guide. This document details the permitting process for hosting a public or sporting special events in a park or beach within the City of Santa Barbara city limits.  Please review this document carefully since it is updated periodically.

Click here for the Special Event Application.  Please contact the Special Events Coordinator (contact information below) prior to submitting your application to verify that the dates and location you want are available. Completed applications can be submitted via email, mail or in person.

Links to City Permit Applications:

NOTE TO FIRST TIME EVENTS: Please do not complete these forms until you’re instructed that they will be required for your event.  For returning events, click the links below to either get to the appropriate department's webpage or to download the application as a PDF.

Police Department

Special Events Permit Application

ABC Endorsement Application

SBPD Officer Request Form


One Day Vendor’s License Application

Public Works

Public Works Parking Restriction Waiver Permit Application

Community Development/Building & Safety

Temporary Power Permit Application

Building Permit Application

Fire Department

Tent Permit Application


Waterfront Parking Lot Facility Use Application

Community Development/Planning & Zoning

Temporary Coastal Exemption Permit Application

For further information:

Sarah Knowles, Special Events Coordinator
Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 897-1926

We thank you for helping to make our community special with your event and look forward to working with you!

Last Updated: Feb 19, 2020
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