Special Event Permit Information

The Town of Los Gatos welcomes service organizations, not-for-profits and other organizers who wish to produce events in Town that positively contribute to our residents, visitors and the economic vitality of the Town. The information found here will provide you with everything you need to obtain a special event permit from the Town of Los Gatos.

The Town Manager’s Office Event Specialist will act as your liaison within the Town and assist you in obtaining the appropriate Town permits needed and provide you with guidance and direction regarding the special event permit process.

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All special event applications must be submitted at least 60-days prior to your requested event date. Review the information below for more details on the special event permit process.

To read the complete Town Ordinance, Chapter 14, Article X., Special Events, click here.

Step 1: Review the Event Flow Chart 


To determine if you need a permit and what type is best suited for your event.  dsfadfasdfdfadsfasdfadfasdfadsflkjasd;lkjflk;ads

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Step 2: Review the Special Event Guidelines & Procedures

They contain all the information you'll need to plan an event in Los Gatos as well as information that will help you complete the special event application.

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Step 3: Review the Special Event Application Timeline

To determine if you need a permit and what type is best suited for your event. 

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Step 4: Submit a Special Event Application

Once you've determined that your event needs a special event permit complete an application and submit it along with the other required documents and fees at least 60 days prior to your event date.

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Step 5: Additional Resources

You may be required to obtain additional permits and documents from the Town of Los Gatos and/or other outside agencies, depending on the elements included in your event. Your Special Event Conditional Letter of Approval will outline these additional requirements. Below are links to the most commonly needed resources.

Alcohol Permit
If you are serving or selling alcohol to the public you must obtain an ABC permit. Both documents below are required.
Business License
Any vendor at your event must have a business license with the Town of Los Gatos.
Encroachment Permit
If you are placing any equipment outside of your permitted event locations and/or times, such as portable restrooms, dumpsters or other equipment, this may be required.
Fire Permit
A permit from the Santa Clara County Fire Department is typically required for events that include the use of generators, cooking booths and/or tents.
Food Permit
If you are serving or selling food or beverages to the public you will likely need a temporary event permit from the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health (DEH)
Temporary Sign Permit
If you plan on posting any banners advertising your event in the Town of Los Gatos you must obtain a temporary sign permit.