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Office of Cultural Affairs
The Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA), a division of the Office of Economic Development,
coordinates events held on both public and private property, arranges for city services and processes the One-Start Outdoor Special Event Permit Application. To contact the Office of Cultural Affairs please call (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.
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.
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 all recycling, solid waste and storm water policies.
Zero Waste Event Program website
Responsible for storm water policies.
Storm Drain Discharge Program website
San José Department of Transportation (DOT)
Provides barricades, tow-away zones, traffic signs, traffic control personnel, trash boxes, etc.
Manages and maintains city roadways in San Jose.
San Jose Department of Transportation website
California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in San Jose (ABC)
Issues Temporary Liquor License in coordination with SJPD.
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.
Department of Environment health website
Valley Transportation Authority/Marketing Department (VTA)
Coordinates light rail and bus operations related to special events.
Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) website
Board of Equalization, State of California
Issues Temporary Seller's Permit .
Board of equalization, state of California website
San Jose City Hall Special Events
Issues permits for use of the outdoor plaza and meeting rooms at San Jose City Hall.
San Jose City Hall website
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
For use of meeting rooms, exhibit halls and theaters.
For information and to contract space, call:
San Jose McEnery Convention Center website
Special Parks Use
200 E. Santa Clara St.
San José, CA 95113
408 535-3500 Main
408 294-9337 TTY
The City of San José
is committed to open and honest government and strives to consistently meet the community’s expectations by providing excellent service, in a positive and timely manner, and in the full view of the public.
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