Special Event Permit

Ready to host your event in Imperial Beach? Let us help you make it an ocean breeze.

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We created a comprehensive list of additional forms, templates, and examples to help make applying for a permit as simple as possible. We know planning an event can be overwhelming but we are here to help you through the process and never hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

A complete application form, layout map, and application fee payment for all events must be received no later than ninety (90) days prior to your event, but can be submitted up to one year in advance. Event dates are on a first come first serve basis so we highly encourage you to submit your complete application, layout map, and application fee payment as early as possible.  

Events held in Portwood Pier Plaza, Dunes Park, on the beach, in the ocean, or any road closure, will be taken before the City Council for approval no less than sixty (60) days prior to your event. Events are on a first come first serve basis and these are the most popular locations to host events so get your applications, layout map, and application fee payments in early!  

We have some requirements that will need to be met no matter the size or scope of the event. Thoroughly read through each section below to help out get ready to host your event in Imperial Beach.

Event Forms & Documents

  1. Event Timeline

It is important for our staff to have all the details of your event from setup to strike. We will always require a detailed timeline of your event so we know when deliveries will happen and when the venue will return back to regular operations. The timeline you provide needs to include all activities including setup, deliveries, tear down, and time you will be off-site.

Event Timeline Form

  1. Insurance
  1. Layout Map
  1. Resident Notification
  1. Security
  1. Stormwater protection form

Additional Event Forms & Documents 

In addition to the documents already mentioned, there may be other requirements needed before a permit can be issued.

  1. Alcohol

We strive to keep the Classic Southern California beach atmosphere in Imperial Beach. We bring events into the community that support our local businesses, so if you wish to have alcohol as part of your event please use one of our local establishments to provide libations. If you desire to apply for approval, please submit an ABC 221 form for review by the San Diego County Sheriff Department and the City Manager. If approved, licensed security is required.

  1. Business License
  1. Business Notification Form
  1. Booth Vendors
  1. Sanitation, Trash, & Recycling
  1. Security Plan
  1. Staff support requests
  1. Traffic and Parking Plan
  1. Vendor Support requests

Ready to apply?

If you think you have all the above items covered then you're ready to apply!

1. Check Pier Plaza availability only
2. Check availability at all other parks and beach locations. Do not submit a reservation request when viewing availability to avoid paying nonapplicable fees. Park reservations are for private gatherings, not community-wide special events.
3. Apply for Special Event Permit