Block Parties and Special Events
The City of San Carlos encourages residents to hold Block Parties as a way to get to know your neighbors! The Parks & Recreation Department processes applications for Block Parties. This process enables staff to work with residents in advance of the event date to address any potential challenges and help to ensure a successful event.
New for 2017: The City of San Carlos wants to ensure that affected neighbors on the block of the proposed street closure are informed and are in agreement; therefore, please attach the "Petition for Residential Block Party" including signature of at least one adult occupant from 2/3 of the residences of the street to be closed, agreeing to the street closure. Details are included in the PDF documents below. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application with attachments, a minimum of 30 days in advance of the event.
Please note that not all streets in San Carlos are eligible to hold a Block Party, especially those considered "collector streets." While permit fees and insurance fees have been waived, effective July 1, 2014, barricades are still a requirement to hold a Block Party and can be rented through local vendors.
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For More Information: please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (650) 802-4421.
Permits for organized community activities held on public property, including parks and facilities, sidewalks and/or street areas that change the typical use of that property, require a permit. Permits for these types of events are processed through the Parks & Recreation Department. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application for a special event permit a minimum of 60 days before the event. Large events and first time events may require a longer processing period. Examples of events requiring a permit issued through the Parks & Recreation Department include, but are not limited to: farmers markets, sports tournaments, parades, runs, walks and races. The permit fee does not include the cost of insurance or barricades. Depending on the assessed risk, the City may require a refundable cleaning and damage deposit for the use of City property. The permit fee can be paid by cash, or check payable to the City of San Carlos.
Permits for Special Events on all other properties are processed through the Planning Department and require a separate application form. For information and applicable guidelines, please contact the Planning Department, (650) 802-4263. Examples of events requiring a permit issued through the Planning Department include, but are not limited to: parking lot events, outdoor tent events, festivals, events involving live music and auctions.
Please note, the special event fee is increasing as of July 1, 2016 to $231 for new events and $144 for repeat events.