Seeking Community Feedback on Updates to the Special Events Permitting Process

Posted: August 11th, 2021 1:37 PM

Last Updated: November 10th, 2021 10:01 AM

In the summer of 2020, the City Council adopted a resolution that moves the duties and functions of Special Event Permitting from the Oakland Police Department to the City Administrator’s Office. Staff is working to both facilitate this transition and improve the overall permitting process.

Creating a One-Stop Shop

Staff has convened an interdepartmental working group to streamline the special event permit application into a “one-stop shop” approach to simplify the process for event applicants and improve internal communication. Currently, event applicants need to apply for permits separately with multiple departments for one event.

Updating Security and Fire Permitting Requirements

Staff is researching best practices to develop transparent and objective security requirements as well as exploring approaches to reducing fire prevention bureau costs associated with events.

Feedback Wanted

The City seeks feedback from community members and event organizers to improve our special event permitting process.

We are asking event organizers to test our draft one-stop shop special event permit application, and provide feedback, through this short survey.

We are also looking for the public's feedback on our draft security requirements for special events. These requirements outline potential new approaches to reviewing a denial of a special event permit or the conditions placed upon a special event permit. Please send feedback to Greg Minor,