Special Event Permit

New Permits & Planning Hub Launches Sept. 13, 2021.

Permit Counters CLOSED Sept. 8-12. Learn more at cityofpetaluma.org/permits.


You need this permit to hold an event on a city street, sidewalk, or other city-owned land. Some examples of events that require this permit include:

  • Parades
  • Athletic events: e.g., a fun run or organized bike ride
  • Block party
  • Festival


First, review the Special Event Permit FAQs to learn what you can and can't do, the permit approval process, and other important information. The application must be submitted via the city's online permit portal.

This permit is issued by the Police Department. You may need other permits from the City, the County, or the State depending on whether you'll need to block off streets or sidewalks, or plan to serve food or alcohol at the event.

Timing and Cost

Applications must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to an event, and can be submitted up to 90 days prior to an event (13.32.050 PMC). For large events, we recommend submitting no later than 60 days before the event will take place.

The Police Department will review the application, looking for how the event will impact the area and how those impacts will be addressed.

The cost and requirements of the permit depends on the complexity of the event. Some events will also need traffic control or other police presence, which will incur additional costs. Contact the Police Department as early as possible in the planning process for an estimate so that you can budget and plan accordingly.


Now matter how fun and amazing, special events are disruptive by nature. The Special Event Permitting process helps the City minimize these disruption and, ultimately, keep people, buildings, and other resources safe before, during, and after your event.


If you are unsure whether you need this permit, contact the Records Department at the Police Department by email ([email protected]); faxed to 707-656-4059; or delivered in person or mail to the Police Department (969 Petaluma Blvd)

photo from Movies in the Park

The Special Event Permitting process helps the City keep people, buildings, and other resources safe before, during, and after an event.

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