Special Events Permits

Thank you for your interest in holding a special event in Alameda. 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. 


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.   Most special events in Alameda require a $1,500 deposit. Certain permits require insurance and liability coverage naming the City of Alameda as an additional insured.  Application packets for each permit type are included below. 



Permit Type

Processing Time

Street Banners (at Central/Oak, 1500 blk of Park Street, Lincoln/Webster)

Over the counter


5 business days

Block Party

5 business days

Charitable Solicitations

5 business days

Competitive Conditions

10 business days

Film/Photography Permit (New requirements for residential areas) 

4-14 business days

Film Permit Public Notification Template (Word Doc)


Massage Establishment/Technician

5 business days

No Parking Signs (construction, moving vans/pods)

2 business days


10 business days

Pyrotechnics and Special Effects

10 business days

Street Closure

10 business days

Tent or Canopy

10 business days