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Special Event Requirements and Time-Line

Carlsbad Municipal Code Chapter 8.17 outlines the requirements of a special event. 

  • The permit application, including all required documentation, must be received by the city no later than 90 days prior to the actual date of your event. 
  • Your application may be submitted as early as two (2) years prior to your event. 
  • At least 9-12 months ahead is a preferred time-line to provide adequate time to process most events. 
  • Approval of a permit must be made not less than 28 days prior to the event; therefore, it is imperative that the special event permit request and supporting documentation be submitted, reviewed and finalized in a timely manner.

Acceptance of your application by the city is not a guarantee of the proposed date and location or an automatic approval of your event.  Please call well in advance of your event planning to discuss the availability of your date choice(s).  Holidays, annual event holder dates and the Carlsbad Police Department’s events/training days are blackout dates.