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Office of Cultural Affairs
Below are typical event costs that may be charged to event organizers by the City of San Jose. Costs will vary with each event. It may be cost effective to utilize private vendors to provide some event support services. A cost estimate will be included with your permit approval letter. The amounts listed below are based on rates effective as of July 1, 2017 and are subject to change. You may be required to pay some or all costs in advance of your event.
1. Paseo / Plaza Permit Application
Paseo/plaza use permits - $290
Non-Peak extended permit fee - $285
Paseo/plaza series permits - $440
Easy urbanism permit - $150
Limited special event & guaranteed simple assembly - $45
Parque de los Pobladores permits - $65.00
Parque de los Pobladores series permits - $105
Streets and sidewalk return inspection fee - $100 (per visit)
Cleaning / damage deposit - $1500 (refundable)
2. Private Property Permit Applications
Private property permit fee – $850
Private property permit fee, downtown core – $110
Private property repeat event permit fee - $450
Private property tent only fee - $450
3. Special Park Use (SPU)
Application fee - $40 / $120 less than 45 days
Late application fee - $120 to $330
Non-profit fee $550 / For Profit fee $1,100 (Small scale event)
Non-profit fee $1,000 / For Profit fee $2,000 (Medium scale event)
Non-profit fee $1,400 / For Profit fee $2,800 (Large scale event)
Trail Use Fee:
Non-profit fee $200 / For Profit fee $400 (Small scale event)
Non-profit fee $500 / For Profit fee $1,000 (Medium scale event)
Non-profit fee $1,000 / For Profit fee $2,000 (Large scale event)
Setup/take down day(s):
Non-profit fee $150 / For Profit fee $300 (Small scale event)
Non-profit fee $300 / For Profit fee $600 (Medium/Large scale event)
Cleaning/damage deposit – minimum $250 (depending on size, location, history)
For SPU definitions on the Small, Medium or Large event sizes visit the
SPU Fee Matrix
Non-profit filming / photography $40 per 8 hours
For-profit filming / photography $600 per 8 hours
Additional 4 hour period $250 each
Plaza de Cesar Chavez amenities
showing featured updates to the park, please contact Special Park Use Staff for details.
4. Police Officers/Parking, Traffic & Control Officers and related costs
You may be required to hire San Jose Police Officers and/or Parking Traffic and Control Officers for traffic management. Police officers will be required at events that serve alcohol.
Alcohol permits (SJPD) – $126
Street closure permits - $203
Parade permits - $277
Annual processing fee to employ off-duty police - $469, $410 for events lasting 5 days or less, $35 for schools and public entities
Pay rate for all secondary employment officers -$55 per hour minimum / 82.50 per hour time and one half rate, 3 hour minimum.
Pay rate for Parking and Traffic Control Officers - $37.71 per hour, 4 hour minimum.
Time and one-half will be charged on any assignment exceeding 8 hours including any on-duty officers who have finished an 8-hour shift and must continue to work off-duty. Time and one half rate may be authorized to ensure staffing of an event, with approval from secondary employment unit commander. Double time will be charged on some holidays.
5. Street Closures
Street closure permits - $203
Public safety equipment rental: The cost is based on number of hours labor to deliver and pick up equipment, estimated costs are approximately - barricades and delineators - $4.25 each, Cones - $4 each.
Note: Street Closure may require use of police officers and/or parking control officers. See above cost details.
6. Tow Zone and Closing Parking Meters
Tow zone permit - $30
Tow zone sign, each, plus tax - $0.53
Bagging parking meters (per day) - $8 per smart meter, $4 other meters
Public Safety Equipment Rental: The cost is based on number of hours labor to deliver and pick up equipment
7. Fire Department
Site inspection, fire watch - $122 per hour with a three hour minimum.
Plan review - $188 per hour
Pyrotechnic permits - $624
Festival/Carnival/Fair permits - $247
Parade/Float permits - $437 plus hourly rate if review exceeds 1 hour
Tent permits - $624 plus hourly rate if review exceeds 1 hour
Pyrotechnic fire watch - $188 per hour
8. Public Works Department - Electrical
If electrical services is provided by city electricians there are charges for labor, vehicle usage, materials, and related costs.
9. Environmental Services Department
Visit the Environmental Services website for compete service cost information.
10. Proof of Insurance
insurance minimums may be required by the City's Office of Risk Management:
Commercial General Liability $1,000,000
Automobile Liability $1,000,000
Liquor Liability $1,000,000
Workers' Compensation and Employers' Liability $100,000 per accident (required by Labor Code of the State of California)
Please be sure to consult OCA staff at (408) 793.4344 for specific event requirements.
The certificate of insurance holder must be the City of San Jose with language naming the City of San Jose, its officers, employees, agents and contractors as additional insured. All insurance requirements must be met and an insurance certificate must be on file with OCA prior to the event.
11. Street Light Pole Banners
The installation and removal of vertical banners on pre-established street light poles - $58 each. Banners must be provided by the event organizer. Banner arms may be added to street poles to support banners at the event organizer’s expense. Banners must be provided by the event organizer. Banners must be the exact size outlined in the banners guidelines to fit the city’s banner hardware.
12. Temporary Seller's Permit
Permit and fee handled by the State of California, Board of Equalization. Call (408) 277-1807 for costs.
13. Food Permit
Permit and fee processed by the County of Santa Clara, Department of Environmental Health, (408) 918-3400.
13. FAA Approval
Parachute jumps, fireworks, helicopters, grounded airplanes, etc. all require FAA approval.
14. Caltrans Approval
The closure of freeway on and off ramps requires an encroachment permit from Caltrans, call (408) 452-7131 for information. Caltrans requires that the encroachment permit application be submitted 6 months in advance for new events and 3 months in advance for repeat events. Permission from the California Highway Patrol may also be required.
Note: The fees and costs identified are subject to change. Actual costs may vary. If you have questions regarding the fees and charges that may apply to your event, please contact the Office of Cultural Affairs at (408) 793-4344.
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