Special Event Permits & Applications


Special Event Permits

Planning to host a special event in the City of Newport Beach?  If your event/activity is one of the following, it will likely require a special event permit:

  • Outdoor concert and entertainment, public or semi-public, dance, recreation, or sporting events.
  • Circuses, carnivals, fairs and festivals.
  • Farmer’s Markets and swap meets.
  • Walks, runs, athletic, bicycle and vehicle races and rides.
  • Organized / Sponsored vehicle and boat shows
  • Sales event outside the normal sales area of a business, such as a sidewalk and parking lot sales and other special promotions.
  • Auto dealer sales events involving promotional attractions such as barbecues, tents, canopies, special signage, and similar facilities.
  • Fireworks display
  • Street fair, craft show on a residential or commercial right-of-way which is likely to obstruct, delay or interfere with normal flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
  • Car washes whereby the public is encouraged to attend.
  • Outdoor amplified sound.
  • Other events as described by Newport Beach Municipal Code 11.03.
  • Harbor activities and events.

You can download a Special Event Permit application or call 949-644-3151 to speak to the City's special event permit coordinator.

Weddings at the Beach or Public Park
Are you thinking about getting married at the beach or a public park?  A special event permit is not required, but there are some restrictions.  Find out what you need to know before planning your event by clicking here.


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