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Special Event Permits

Who can use this service?

Anyone can use this service.

Is there a charge for this service?

If participant fee, vendors or not exempt per Title 13.08.055. General Encroachment Permit Fee applies.

If non-profit or tax exempt organization per Title 13.08.055, no permit fee applies.

If required, fee is required prior to permit issuance. Fee is payable at Public Works counter or via USPS.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Public Works Main Office

Monday - Friday 8-5

976 Osos Street Room 206 San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Tel: (805) 781-5252

Fax: (805) 781-1229

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Commercial General Liability Insurance needed?

Yes. Commercial General Liability Insurance is needed to all special events happening in County Right-of-Way.

Insurance Guidelines
Level of Risk Level Qualifications General Liability Required
  • An approved detour is available
  • Event participants number less than 250
  • Expected spectator draw is less than 2,500
  • Event duration is normally one day
$1,000,000 (per occurrence)
  • An approved detour is available
  • Event participants number between 250 and 500
  • Expected spectator draw is between 2,500 and 5,000
  • Event duration is one or two days
  • Event includes alcohol sales in the ROW
$2,000,000 (per occurrence)
  • The event requires rolling traffic closures
  • The number of participants exceeds 500
  • Expected spectator draw of greater than 5,000
  • Grandstands, bleachers, or other structures for spectators, participants, or officials are erected on County ROW
  • Event duration continues for three or more consecutive days
  • Event includes alcohol sales in the ROW
$5,000,000 (per occurrence)
Do I need to contact the Advisory Council?

Yes. Please contact all the Advisory Councils that will be impacted by your event. Map of the Advisory Councils

Contact Public Works via web form, email, or call us at (805) 781-5252.