Permits & Fees


  • Complete the Special Event Proposal form first - available in PDF or Online. Once your proposal is approved, we will let you know which of these permit applications you need to complete.
  • If you are unsure which form to start with, please give us a call, (831) 646-3770.
  • Prices are subject to change. This page is a guide and may not have the latest fees posted. Links are to permit applications, not permits.
  • Most permit applications area available as interactive Adobe PDFs. Save to your computer, complete and email to us at
  • If you have any questions, please call (831) 646-3770.

Permit Type Managing Office
Assembly, street closure, parade, amplified sound or race Monterey Conference Center
Description and Fee
Complete for street closure, parade, amplified sound, assembly or race permit. A 4 hour minimum charge per officer if police presence is needed at an event where there are street closures; cost depends on the type of event.
Banners Streets or Planning
Description and Fee
For banners in the right of way - billed for actual costs of service - Streets Division - contact Caitlin Coats at or 646-3927
For other banners associated with temporary use cases $10.72. Permit must be obtained in person from the Planning Office - Planning
Description and Fee
Event Permit $550
Colton Hall Wedding Permit $150 Mtry Res/$180 non-resident
Group BBQ/Picnic Facility Use Permit at Park $55 Mtry Res/$72 non-resident
Group Beach Use Permit $55 Mtry Res/$72 non-resident/$195 Commercial Use
Bounce House/Inflatable Permit $46 See for more on City of Monterey parks and beaches, and page 3 of the Master Fee Schedule for more Recreation fees and permits.

Please note: Custom House Plaza and a few other parks in Monterey are managed by the State of California. See more information on State Parks use fees.
Film, including waiver/hold harmless Police
Description and Fee
Parking Spaces Parking
Description and Fee
Parking fees based on daily rate for number of spaces reserved plus 20% overhead. Slightly different for large groups.
Temporary Business License Finance
Description and Fee
$27All vendors participating in any Monterey special event that do not currently have a City business license must submit an application. Monterey County Fair vendors are exempt from obtaining a temporary business license.

Temporary Encroachment Building
Description and Fee
Tent/Canopy Use Building
Description and Fee
SEE PAGE 17 for prices - Master Fee Schedule
Fire plan and review, tent installation. Building Fees are equal to Fire Fees.  Structural engineering must be provided for tent installation and anchorage.
Trade show set-up review Special events stand-by (Fire) - fully burdened cost
Fire Regulations for Portable Exterior Farmers Market and Festival Cooking Booths
Traffic Control Plan Review Fee (see page 13) Traffic
Description and Fee
Traffic Control Plan Quick Reference
Environmental Best Management Practices (BMPs) Sustainability
Event planners have the unique opportunity to hold activities in close proximity to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Please join us in protecting this valuable natural resource by making “pollution prevention” a critical outcome of your event.
Change or Cancellation  

DroneIconDrones are subject to federal regulation. California law makes it a crime for a drone operator to interfere with emergency personnel in the performance of their duties. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has a B4UFLY app that has a useful map feature that shows if you are near an airport or other restricted air space location and it also includes information on drone regulations. Additionally, refer to the Monterey Regional Airport UAS and Drone Information web page: and FAA's Frequently Asked Questions about drones:
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February 2021: FAA making big rule changes for drones
If your agency flies a drone for shooting video, doing photography, or any other reason, the FAA has released a new rule that requires drones to broadcast what is essentially a digital "license plate" that identifies the serial number of the unit that can be traced back to the owner. Here are all the details: