Special Events Permits

Special events bring large groups of community members together for a variety of reasons, including traditional celebrations, educational opportunities and athletic competitions. Events play a vital role in building goodwill in our community, and engaging residents in meaningful activities. 


Thank you for your interest in holding a special event in Alameda. Depending on the nature of your event, you may need to obtain additional permits or approvals to ensure a well-planned, safe event. The table below outlines the types of special events that require permits.



Processing Time


Over the counter


5 business days

Block Party

10 business days

Charitable Solicitations

5 business days

Competitive Conditions

10 business days


2 – 10 business days

Massage Establishment/Technician

Depends on background check


10 business days

Pyrotechnics and Special Effects

10 business days

Street Closure

10 business days

Tent or Canopy

10 business days


Most special events in Alameda require a $1,500 deposit. Philologists may consult the Master Fee Schedule.