Community Event Permits

Concert in the Park
Definition of a Community Event
A community event is any planned gathering on public property consisting of 50 or more people or any sized event which blocks/reserves access to public property / right of way. Examples of these events include, but are not limited to:
  • Pre-planned Marches / Demonstrations
  • Parades
  • Weddings
  • Block Parties
  • Concerts in the Park
Step by Step Rental Instructions for Community Events
Community events require a permit issued by the City of Emeryville Community Services Department. Please complete the requirements listed below at least 30 days in advance of your event.
  1. Download and review the Community Event Permit Application and Community Event Guide by clicking on the link or contact Stacy Thomas at 510-596-4314, or:
    4300 San Pablo Ave.
    Emeryville CA. 94608
  2. Download and review the Rental Fee Chart
  3. Submit the Community Event Application and appropriate application fee ($20 resident / $100 non-resident/ $60 non-profit) to Stacy Thomas. To verify residency please reference this List of Emeryville Resident Addresses
  4. Once the application is reviewed by the Community Events Committee the applicant will be contacted as soon as possible
  5. If the application is approved or approved with conditions, all the associated fees must be paid and all the conditions met prior to the rental date
  6. Once all fees are paid and all conditions are met, a final permit will be issued
Mandatory Permit Requirements
  • All Community Events must provide a $100,000,000 Certificate of Event Liability Insurance indemnifying the City of Emeryville.
    • Note that Event Liability Insurance is offered through the City of Emeryville / Hub International for those renters unable/unwilling to obtain their own Certificate of Insurance: Application and Rates
  • Incorporate the Emeryville Green Ordinances into your event: Recycling / Eco Food-Ware Flyer
Optional Permit Requirements
Depending on your event details, you may be asked to complete these requirements in order to receive your permit.
  • Events Serving Alcohol:
    • $40 residents / $60 non-resident / $50 non-profit Emeryville Public Alcohol Consumption Fee
    • Permission from the Emeryville Police Department (via a written request to serve alcohol) is required from Police Joel Hannon. See the Sample Alcohol Request for the recommended formatting of of the written request letter.
  • Events Selling Alcohol:
    • Submit a valid "Daily License (Special One-Day Event Permit)" from the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) of California. To complete the application (ABC 221), you'll need permission from the Emeryville Police Department as the "landowner" signee. Contact the Police Department at 510-596-3700.
    • Public Alcohol Consumption Fee applies.
    • Permission from the Emeryville Police Department (via a written request to serve alcohol) is required. See the Sample Alcohol Request for the recommended content / formatting of of the written request letter.
  • Events using tents or canopies larger than 10 feet by 10 feet are required to apply for a Tent and Canopy Permit from the Emeryville Fire Marshal. Note that the fee is generally waived if no inspection is needed. Download the Tent and Canopy Permit Application here. Contact Fire Prevention Inspector Scott Mcmillan if you have specific questions at 510-596-3759
Submitting Applications & Questions
Stacy Thomas via or at 510-596-4314.