Are you looking for a space to rent for your meeting or special event? Our facilities can host a small group of up to 30 or a large party of 600 guests or more. The Recreation Division manages the rentals of the Arcata Community Center, D Street Neighborhood Center, Library Conference Room, Redwood Lodge, Redwood Lounge, Picnic Area in Redwood Park and the Sports Fields. Many facility rentals require insurance.
Submit applications to:
Recreation Division Office
736 F Street Arcata, Ca 95521
phone: (707) 822-7091
Special Events & Film Permits
The Special Events Permitting Process assists local agencies and non-profits in providing community events in Arcata. The Recreation Division acts as the liaison between the event organizer and all other city departments.
Major Event Application: (13 pgs.) Major Special Events are classified as events drawing more than 50 people total or events that close a City street. A non-refundable application-processing fee of $150 must accompany the application. Applications must be submitted at least 30 days (60 days for events over 1000 participants) in advance of event date.
Minor Event Application: (7 pgs.) Minor Sprecial Events are classified as events drawing 50 people or less that do not close any streets. A non-refundable application-processing fee of $100 must accompany the application. Applications must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of event date.
Expressive Activity Event: (8 pgs.) Expressive Activity Events are activities conducted for the sole purpose of the dissemination or communication of opinions, views and ideas. A non-refundable application-processing fee of $100 must accompany the application (or a request for a fee waiver if the event is held in front of City Hall). Applications must be submitted at least 14 days in advance of event date.
Business License for Booth Sales Application: Any person or organization, including a non-profit organization, who is selling food or merchandise at a special event must have a one day booth permit. Information only booths do not need a booth permit.
Photography/Motion Picture Application: A City of Arcata Photography/Motion Picture Permit is required for use of City parks, buildings, or grounds for the staging or shooting of commercial motion or television pictures or photography.
To increase public use and enjoyment of the Arcata Plaza, the City Council has approved the sale of food and wares on the Plaza, from 10 a.m. to 1:30am. Anyone wishing to sell food or goods on the Arcata Plaza must have a current business license, insurance and a valid Plaza Vending Permit. Permits are valid for 90 days. For more information consult the Plaza Vending Program Guidelines handout. Please allow up to 30 days for the application process.