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Chula Vista has many great places to hold an event! To ensure that everything goes smoothly and successfully, here are the steps you'll need to follow to get a special event permit. Depending on the nature of your event, additional permitting and approvals may be required. Please allow 45 days prior to your event date for the application process.
Determine the type of event you want, and have a date and location in mind. The fee for an event with NO road closure is $150; it's $300 for events with road closures. Please review the Special Event Guideline Summary. Other things to consider:
Special Event Questions:
email Olga Berdial
or call (619) 409-5445
Download, print, and complete the PDF Application, create your visual map and obtain a copy of your insurance certificate, and drop off packet to Olga in the Office of Communications.You will be contacted with the next steps once your application is reviewed.
Get Business License and Pay Fees:
276 Fourth Avenue
Mon - Thurs: 9 am - 4 pm
Fri: 9 am - 12 pm
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Where will your event be located? The Office of Communications will reserve the venue on your behalf if on City property, and once your application has been reviewed and approved.
Make an event map. Please print or draw a map of the area (with streets listed) and make indications on it to give us a visual. Include all areas with vendors, food, portable toilets, alcohol sales, generators, vehicles, food trucks, first aid, fencing, trash/recycling, etc. (Include all potential event features in detail.) You will need this completed, scanned map when you submit your application in Step 5. See sample map.
Click NEXT PAGE below to begin the online form. Be sure to click the button to upload your map illustration (step 3) and insurance certificate (step 4) before hitting "Submit". (You'll see the upload links at the end of the form and it will prompt you through the process.) Your application will be received by the Office of Communications.
Wait for the Office of Communications to contact you. We will review your application and walk you through completion and the payment process. For large events, police or other services may be needed upon review of your application, and we'll have specific information when we contact you.
Pay fees and obtain business license through the Finance Department. NOTE: Non-profit organizations are exempt from business license fees.
Fees: Once the fee amount is confirmed, download and complete the Statement of Fees Form - you will need it when you pay the permit fee.
Business License: The cost is prorated based on the quarter you are applying. Annually, the cost is $52.50 plus $6.50 for each additional employee on site. New Applicants: Apply in person at the Finance Department (map it | City Hall Complex Map). Renewals: Renew online!