Reserving City Parks and Facilities

All reservations must be made no less than seven working days prior to the event. All permits must be signed with all applicable fees paid no later than seven working days prior to the event. Reservations are made no more than three months in advance of the event (with the exception of the Jack House). 

Permits may be requested through the online reservation system or by contacting the reservation desk at (805) 781-7222.

Parks and Recreation Permits

The Parks and Recreation Department processes several permits related to the use of City parks and facilities. For more information on special permits, contact

Devin Hyfield at (805) 781-7295

  • Bounce House Permits
  • Tournament Permit Application
  • Street Banner Permits

 Dave Setterlund at (805) 781-7067

  • Special Event Permits
  • Film Permits

Special Event Permit: Application

All organizers wishing to host a special event within the City of San Luis Obispo must thoroughly complete a Special Events Permit Application.

  • Note: This application is best viewed in Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. Downloading and saving the PDF application is suggested for ease of use.
  • The application must be received at least 90 days prior to the event.
  • All special event fees applicable to your event are determined by the fee policy included in the Special Events Ordinance.
  • Fees:
    Application Fee: $70 (non-refundable)
    Permit Processing Fee - $10 (non-refundable)
    Facility Fee - $460
    *Other Fees may apply

Street Banner Permits: Reserve Online ONLY

There are two downtown locations to showcase your banner: the intersection of Higuera and Chorro and the intersection of Marsh and Carmel.

  • Banners are permitted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • For the complete Banner Reservation process, find easy to use instructions here.
  • Banner Reservations are NOT guaranteed until the reservation request has been approved and full payment is received. Full payment MUST be received within five business days of approval or the permit will be canceled.
  • Banner Policy & Procedures 
  • NOTE: The minimum size a banner can be is 3 ft. x 8 ft. and the maximum is 4 ft. x 24 ft. Recommended Banner Size: 4 ft x 15 ft. Banners not meeting minimum requirements WILL NOT BE HUNG.
  • Banners with missing, torn or ripped out grommet pieces WILL NOT BE HUNG!
  • Banner event name must be written in marker on both ends of the reverse side of the banner.
  • Fees: Banner Placement Fee: $181. Permit Processing Fee $10.

Film Permit: Application

A Film Permit Application, proof of general liability insurance of no less than $1,000,000 and appropriate fees are necessary for approval of filming on City property. 

  • Film Permit Fees:
    Commercial Filming: $120
    Still Photography: $90
    Documentary: $90
    Non-profit Organizations: $35

Bounce House Permits

All bounce house uses within City parks require a permit and an up-to-date copy of the bounce house company’s insurance must be on file with the Parks and Recreation Department. For more information call 781-7222. 

  • Bounce houses are only allowed at these four City parks: Johnson, Meadow, Sinsheimer, Santa Rosa
  • Generators are required, as the City does not provide electricity.

Tournament Permit: Application 

Tournament play at any of the City's facilities requires a permit.