Permitting Process

Depending on the size and scope of your event, applications must be received anywhere from 6 weeks to 9 months prior to your event day. Submission of an inquiry sheet does not confirm approval of your event request. For a first-time event, you may be asked to provide an event proposal detailing aspects of the event including, but not limited to: location, event logistics, experience, target audience, marketing and promotion plan, etc.


Large-scale events that bring visitors to the City are managed by the City of Pasadena's Economic Development Division. (Examples include: Tournament of Roses Post Parade, Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon, Make Music Pasadena, Concorso Ferrari, & Doo Dah Parade).

Special Events Inquiry Sheet
Contact: (626) 744-4660


Human Services & Recreation Events that are more local in nature and geared towards a particular constituency are coordinated by the Human Services & Recreation Department. (Examples include: 5k’s, cultural festivals, church picnics, and non-profit fundraisers).

Human Services Inquiry Sheet
Contact: Dolores Mendoza, Special Events Coordinator
(626) 744-7507


Public Works Department Weddings and private events at City Hall in the courtyard and rotunda are coordinated by the Public Works Department. (Do not submit an inquiry sheet. Please email or call the Public Works contact listed below)

Contact: Rosa DeLaTorre, Operations Assistant
(626) 744-4195