Depending on the nature of your event, you may need to obtain permits or approvals to ensure a well-planned, safe event. Events like the ones listed below may require permits. Visit our Special Event Permitting page to determine which permits may be required for your event, including encroachment, zoning, food, fireworks & special effects, tents, vendor & cooking booths, and wastewater disposal.
Types of special events:
- Agriculture Promotion & Winery Events (Tastings, tours, etc.)
- Athletic Events (e.g.: Walkathons, runs, marathons, trail rides, bicycle races, rodeos, triathlons)
- Car Shows
- Corporate Events
- Fairs & Festivals
- Farmer’s Markets
- Filming (movies, shows, commercials, etc.)
- Flea Markets
- Weddings/Private Parties
Note: Cannabis events such as tastings and tours are not allowed in unincorporated Sonoma County.
Special Event Permitting Information