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Special Events Coordinator
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Special Events


Festivals, charity walks and runs, and other public events are part of what makes Santa Barbara a vibrant, fun, connected community. On this page, you'll find everything you need to get started with planning and permitting your special event.

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The Special Event Planning Guide has been developed as a reference tool to provide event organizers with information essential to hosting public events in the City of Santa Barbara. This guide contains essential information regarding rules, regulations and additional permitting requirements that vary depending on the elements and activities that will be incorporated into the event.

To ensure that your event is accessible to all attendees, event organizers can review this Planning Guide for Making Temporary Events Accessible to People With Disabilities created by the ADA National Network. 

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View our Special Events Community Webinar