Special Event Permit Applications for Temporary Cannabis Events are now available.


Please be sure to submit your application a minimum of 45 days in advance of your proposed event. Late submittals will not be accepted.

STEP 1: Your proposed site must be pre-approved by the Fire Prevention Bureau (FPB). Complete the FPB Special Event form and bring it to the FPB located on the 3rd Floor of 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza for pre-approval. If the location is pre-approved, the FPB will sign a Pre-Approval Form for your event and you may move forward with the application process. If the site is not pre-approved, you will need to either make corrections to the facility to become compliant or choose an alternative site.[1]

STEP 2: All applicant board members, partners and managers must undergo a Live Scan[2] background. The Live Scan must have been done within the last 90 days. Your stamped form will be submitted with your application. A $32 processing fee for each Live Scan form included in your application will be required when your application is submitted.

STEP 3: Complete/Attach the following Application forms:

  • Special Event Questionnaire
  • Special Event Application
  • Supplemental Special Event Application for Temporary Cannabis Events
  • Signed FPB Pre-Approval Form

STEP 4: Schedule an appointment with the OPD Special Events Unit by calling Officer Huy Nguyen or Sgt. Pedro Espinoza at (510) 777-8525 to submit your application for review and pay required fees.

[1] Applicants must also complete the Fire Prevention Bureau Special Events Application, which is available on the 3rd Floor of 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, and comply with all fire code requirements.

[2] The purpose of the background check is to determine whether an individual has been convicted or plead guilty or nolo contender to violent offenses or those involving fraud or deceit in the last seven years. Applicants with such a conviction or guilty plea will be offered an opportunity to present evidence of rehabilitation.