Thank you for your interest in holding a special event in Menlo Park. Special events play an important role in building community and creating vibrancy within Menlo Park.
Our goal is to help event organizers plan a safe and successful event creating minimal impacts to the surrounding neighborhoods. Depending on the nature of your event, additional permits or approvals may be needed so please allow adequate time for processing.
Please pay close attention to the following application deadlines:
30-days for block parties not required to have a noise permit
60-days for block parties required to have a noise permit
60-days for all minor events that are not considered block parties
90-days for all major events
Special event qualifications
If your event meets one or more of these criteria, you will need to complete a special event permit application:
Any city street or lane closures
Any event impacting traffic or intersections
Any noise exceeding Municipal Code 8.06.030 (noise ordinance): Sound measured from subject site to any residential property:
10 p.m. to 7 a.m. - 50 dBA
7 a.m. to 10 p.m. - 60 dBA
Attendance is expected to exceed 150 people and you will be using outdoor public space
Community events (i.e. block parties - not for private or exclusive residential use)
Events needing Police regulation, monitoring or control
Events occurring for more than one day
Generate a crowd of spectators sufficient in size to obstruct, delay or interfere with the normal flow of pedestrian, vehicular traffic or city facilities
Parking needs that will exceed the capacity of the venue
Use of any city street, sidewalk or other right of way
Permit application submittal
Complete your special event permit application online. Incomplete applications will not be processed and you will be asked to submit the additional information in order to start the application process.