Special Event Permits

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A Special Event Permit application should be filed 10 days in advance of the planned event. You are encouraged to contact the Administrative Services Department at 760.726.1340 to start a discussion about your event before you complete the application.

In accordance with the City ordinance, the Administrative Services Department has been designated by the City Manager to coordinate the review of applications for those events that require the temporary closure of City streets. A Special Event Permit through this process is required if street closure(s) or other traffic control measures on any public street, sidewalk or alley are needed. Event organizers complete an application then meet with a Council appointed committee. This committee includes the Administrative Services Director, Recreation & Community Services Director, Deputy Fire Chief, Stormwater Program Manager, Principal Engineer (Traffic), Public Services Operations Manager, City Planner, Code Enforcement Manager, Director of Economic Development, Sheriff’s Captain, and a representative from the North County Transit District.

Permits for Other Special Events

In general Special Event Permits are required for events held on public property. For information on securing permits for events held on City Property, such as in City parks or using City facilities, please contact the Recreation and Community Services Department at 760.643.5268. Please contact the Development Services offices at 760.639.6108 for information on permits pertaining to event occurring on private property.  

Film Permits

Film Permits are handled by the City Manager's Office. Please call 760.639.6131

Special Event Banner & Sign Display Program

The Special Event Banner & Sign Display Program allows the placement of banners across Vista Village Drive and on one or more of seven locations throughout the  City to promote non-profit selected community special events. Please use this link here to learn more about the special event banner and sign program. 

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