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Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA), a division of the Office of Economic Development
Coordinates events held on both public and private property, arranges City services, processes One-Start Outdoor Special Event Permit Application with Event Organizers, and on-site logistics.
(408) 793-4344

Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS), Parks Division.
Coordinates events held in parks, issues Special Park Use Permits and coordinates Park Services.
(408) 794-6500 or 794-7275
Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services website

San José Fire Department (SJFD)
Responsible for on-site inspections and permits for tents, booths, cooking appliances, generators. fireworks, pyrotechnics, festival, and parades.
(408) 535-7750
San Jose Fire Department website

San José Police Department (SJPD)-Secondary Employment Unit (SEU)
Responsible for street closures, traffic control, event safety, and alcohol permit.
(408) 277-4980 - Secondary Employment Unit.
(408) 277-4452 - Permit Unit
San Jose Police Department website

Environmental Services Department (ESD)
Responsible for recycling, solid waste and storm water policies.
(408) 535-8550
Zero Waste Event Program website

Responsible for storm water policies.
(408) 945-3000
Storm Drain Discharge Program website

San José Department of Transportation (DOT)
Provides barricades, tow-away zones, traffic signs, traffic control, trash boxes, etc.
Manages and maintains city roadways in San Jose.
408) 535-3850.
San Jose Department of Transportation website

California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in San Jose (ABC)
Issues Temporary Liquor License in coordination with SJPD.
(408) 277-1200
California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control website

Department of Environmental Health, County of Santa Clara
Issues permits relating to all food & beverage preparation, and distribution.
(408) 918-3478
Department of Environment health website

Valley Transportation Authority/Marketing Department (VTA)
Coordinates light rail and bus operations related to special events.
(408) 299-4412
Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) website

Board of Equalization, State of California
Issues Temporary Seller's Permit
(408) 277-1807
Board of equalization, state of California website

San Jose City Hall
Issues permits for the use of outdoor paseos and plazas and meeting rooms at City Hall
(408) 535-3500
San Jose City Hall website

San Jose McEnery Convention Ceter
For use of meeting rooms, exhibit halls, theaters
For information and to contract space, call:
(408) 792-4194
San Jose McEnery Convention Center website