City of Menlo Park
  Special Event Permits

Thank you for your interest in holding a special event in Menlo Park. Special events play an important role in building community and creating vibrancy within Menlo Park. Our goal is to help event organizers plan a safe and successful event creating minimal impacts to the surrounding neighborhoods. Depending on the nature of your event, additional permits or approvals may be needed so please allow adequate time for processing (at least 60 days minimum).

Please read all of the listed materials thoroughly and carefully to ensure the Special Event Permit can be processed in a timely manner:




Insurance Requirements

Primary Response Routes (for events blocking city streets)

What qualifies as a Special Event?

If your event meets one or more of these criteria, you will need to complete a Special Event Application:

  • Attendance is expected to exceed 150 people and you will be using outdoor public space

  • Use of any City street, sidewalk, or other right-of-way

  • Any City street or lane closures

  • Any event impacting traffic or intersections

  • Any noise exceeding the City's noise ordinance (Municipal Code 8.06.030: Sound measured from subject site to any residential property: 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. - 50 dBA and 7a.m. to 10p.m. - 60 dBA)

  • Parking needs that will exceed the capacity of the venue

  • Generate a crowd of spectators sufficient in size to obstruct, delay or interfere with the normal flow of pedestrian, vehicular traffic, or city facilities

  • Community Events (i.e. Block Parties - not for private or exclusive residential use)

  • Events occurring for more than 1 day

  • Events needing Police regulation, monitoring or control

Where do I submit the Special Event Permit Application?

Submit your completed application at least 60 days before your proposed event with a check made payable to City of Menlo Park for $125 for minor events and $250 for major events (non-refundable). Application can be delivered or mailed to:

City of Menlo Park
ATTN: Special Events - Matt Milde
701 Laurel Street
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Drop Off:
Arrillaga Family Gymnasium
ATTN: Special Events - Matt Milde
600 Alma Street
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Can I e-mail my application?

Applications may also be emailed to mlmilde@menlopark.org. For any questions regarding the application, please contact Matt Milde at 650-330-2223. Incomplete applications will not be processed and you will be asked to submit the additional information in order to start the application process.





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