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
Economic Development


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

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Specials Event Inquiry Sheet
Dolores McConnell
Special Events Coordinator
Contact: (626) 744-7500


Weddings and private events at City Hall in the courtyard and/or rotunda. Events open to the public require a special events permit from the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department Special Events Office.

City Hall Courtyard or Rotunda Permit Application
Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department Special Events Office