Special Event Permits

The City of Milpitas encourages groups to build community and celebrate our unique culture by holding community events. Depending on the nature of your event, you may require various permits or approvals to ensure a well-planned, safe event.

The permit process begins when you submit your completed application and fee.

This single application will be reviewed by the various City departments that are involved with special events to approve it, deny it, or determine the need for specific additional permits or services.

Application Deadline

Submit your completed application at least 8 weeks before your proposed event.

When You Need a Special Event Permit

If your event is a community event, parade, carnival or festival on public property, or if your event has one or more of the following needs:

  • Closures of city streets
  • Traffic control
  • Parking needs exceed the capacity of the venue
  • Crowd control or security personnel

Special Event Application (PDF) For all events throughout the City of Milpitas

You may also need the following:

  • Standard for Outdoor Assembly Events - Requirements for Fire Code-regulated activities at special events. All event organizers are required to comply with the applicable provisions of this document.
  • Environmental Services for Special Events - Garbage, recycling and water pollution prevention
  • Facility and Park Reservations and Rentals
  • Traffic Control Plan Guidelines - Required for street closures at special events
  • Tents and Stage Permits - Guidelines for obtaining a permit for tents and stages
  • Request for Amplified Sound (PDF)