Special Events Coordination

To provide police services to assure a safe environment for community special events while minimizing disruption to the public through appropriate planning and staffing.

A special event is defined as any occurrence on public or private property that by its nature may have an effect on residents, traffic, businesses or public encroachment.

The City of Palo Alto has a Special Events Team. This team is made up of representatives from the Police Department, Fire Department, Public Works Department, Planning Department, Transportation Department, Recreation Department and the City Risk Management Division. This team meets once a month in order to review, plan and properly permit special events.

To learn more about the various types of special events and the process required to obtain City permission for them, expand the appropriate section of the accordions below.

the Coronavirus global health emergency, please ensure that prior to submitting any Special Events application to the City, that your event complies with the most current health orders issued by the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health and the requirements of the State of California Blueprint for a Safer Economy.  You will be able to find the most current County health orders on their website here, and the current State tier requirements for Santa Clara County on their website here.  The City will not grant any Special Events permit that conflicts with any portion of a public health order or any state requirement.