Special Event Permits

A special event is any scheduled or planned non-emergency event occurring within the City of Coronado which can reasonably be expected to require increased or modified emergency or non-emergency services or support by the City government and personnel.

Individuals and organizations wishing to hold an event in City-owned facilities or on public rights-of-way shall obtain a Special Event Permit from the City Manager's Office or Recreation Services, depending on the size or type of event. Review of the Special Event Permit application by City staff and/or the City Council ensures the event will be held safely with minimum disruption to the surrounding community; and that the cost of the event is borne by its sponsors.

Special Event Permits Issued by Recreation Services

  • All organized use of City park facilities, use specific to a particular time or location in a park or beach, use by a group of more than 25 people, or use including a "Jump House" or other activity center requires a use permit.
  • Groups larger than 100 persons require special consideration for locations other than the beach venues.
  • The Recreation Services Department should be contacted for further information and an application.

Special Events Requiring Approval by City Manager and/or City Council

Major Event

A major event qualifies as an activity which entails in excess of 2,000 participants and/or spectators, and which significantly affects City personnel, resources, services, facilities, traffic circulation, or impacts the community and/or its citizens.

  • All Major Events require prior approval of the City Council.
  • It is recommended that a general application, or letter of intent be filed with the City at least one year in advance for major events.
  • A detailed application, application fee, and liability waiver must be submitted to the City Manager no later than August 1 of the preceding year in order to be reviewed.
  • City Council will consider the request at its annual review, which typically occurs at the second council meeting each October.
  • Per City codes, no more than 14 major events are permitted in any calendar year.

Moderate Event

A moderate event qualifies as an activity which entails up to 2,000 participants and/or spectators, and which significantly affects City personnel, resources, services, facilities, traffic circulation, or impacts the community and/or its citizens.

  • All Moderate Events require prior approval of the City Council.
  • A letter of intent or general application shall be filed with the City manager at least six months prior to the scheduled event.
  • A detailed application, application fee, and liability waiver must be submitted to the City Manager no less than 30 days prior to the event.
  • City Council will consider the requests for moderate events as they are received.
  • Per City codes, no more than 15 moderate events are permitted in any calendar year.

Minor Event

A minor event qualifies as an activity for a small and/or specialized group that does not add special burden on City personnel, resources, services, facilities, traffic circulation, or impacts the community and/or its citizens.

  • All Minor Events require prior approval of the City Manager or designee.
  • A detailed application, application fee, and liability waiver must be submitted to the City Manager or Recreation Department no less than 30 days prior to the event.

Special Event Permit Application Fees

The following application fee amounts are effective July 01, 2021:

  • $304 for each Major Event application
  • $152 for each Moderate Event application
  • $25 for each Minor Events application

Additional costs, such as daily use fees for facilities or reimbursable charges for City services, may be applicable.