Special Event Fee Discounts

Community and repeat events are eligible for discounted application and inspection fees.

Date Posted: January 12th, 2023 @ 7:40 PM
Last Updated: January 17th, 2023 @ 9:29 AM

Community Events

A community event is a special event that is:

(a) free for attendees and

(b) is organized by EITHER (i) a 501(c)3, a 501(c) 4, or a 501

(c) 6 organization under the Internal Revenue Code OR (ii) an organization with an annual budget of no more than $500,000

*Please note that starting in August 2023, in order to qualify as a community event, the special event must also either:

(i) be located in areas that fall within the two lowest quartiles of the California Healthy Places index or

(ii) have a majority of vendors that reside in areas that fall within the two lowest quartiles of the California Healthy Places Index.

The goal of this requirement is to encourage events that support under-resourced Oakland communities.

*Only must pay half the application fee and

*Only must pay $100 per hour fire inspection fee

Repeat Events

A repeat event is a special event that takes place at the same location, consists of the same scope, and is produced by the same applicant as a past special event permitted within the previous twelve months.

*25 percent reduced fee for each repeat event, up to a maximum of a 75 percent reduced fee

Equity applicants are exempt from City permitting fees

Have questions? Please email specialeventsinfo@oaklandca.gov