Special Events/Film Permit

Special Events

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.

Click here to view and list of the 2014 Arcata Plaza & Downtown Special Events.

City of Arcata Special Event Applications

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.

Insurance Requirements

Submit applications to:

Recreation Division Office
736 F Street Arcata, Ca 95521
phone: (707) 822-7091
fax: (707)825-2118

Application for Business License for Booth Sales

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.