Special Events

Special Events Supervisor: Chris Cole
(714) 374-5312

The City of Huntington Beach is honored to be called home to a wide verity of special events each year ranging from international sporting events to community-based celebrations. Collectively, our events in Huntington Beach attract more than 1.25 million visitors annually.

Generally, any organized activity involving the use of, or having impact upon, public property including parks, beaches, parking lots and street areas in a manner that varies from its current land use, requires a permit. The Specific Event permit process is required of events that are large in scale and necessitate the involvement of more than one city department or division.

The Special Event process begins by contacting Chris Cole.  If you are interested in producing an event in Huntington Beach, please contact Mr. Cole for an initial review of your event and to learn more about the permitting process. Please review Municipal Code 13.54 regarding Specific Events.

Special Event permits are also required for any event at Pier Plaza. The Community Services - Beach Division issues permits for small events on the beach and they may be contacted at (714) 536-5281.

The Community Services Department issues permits for small events in the parks and may be contacted at (714) 536-5486.

Beach Opeations issues permits for events on the City beaches and may be contacted at (714) 536-5281.

The Community Development Department issues permits for events on private property and may be contacted at (714) 536-5271.

With warm weather, good surf, and crowded beaches, Huntington Beach is a magnet for corporate-sponsored events year-round.

For a list of events in Huntington Beach, please visit the Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitor's Bureau at http://www.surfcityusa.com/events/default

Application Fee: Under 2,000 Estimated Overall Attendance
Application Fee: Over 2,000 Estimated Overall Attendance
Daily Charge - Nonprofit
Daily Charge - Commercial/Standard
Mobile Stage Rental
Other Department Staff Charges
As Applicable


Did you know?

The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors.  You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed.  This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.

Contact Information

City of Huntington Beach
Community Services
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
Phone: (714) 536-5486
Fax: (714) 374-1654
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