As part of the agreement between the City of Sonoma and the Sonoma Tourism Improvement District (TID), a Special Event Promotional Program has been established as a funding mechanism to support special events that drive overnight room stays within City limits. Preference is provided to special events that are scheduled in the “off-season,” defined as November through April. Applications are accepted annually during a set period.
The City of Sonoma does not require a use permit for public protest being held on City property. However, advance knowledge of a protest helps the City prepare for any possible situations that might arise due to the public protest. If you are planning a protest please contact the Lisa Janson (415) 259-9458 or Rebekah Barr, City Clerk (707) 933-2216.
If you have an idea for a cultural event that is relevant to our community but don’t know where to start please feel free to contact Lisa Janson Special Events Manager for the City of Sonoma (415) 259-9458.
Most parks are available on a first come-first serve basis unless the park has been reserved in advance for a special event.
For those individuals looking to reserve a park facility for a special event, please contact Lisa Janson . The process starts by reviewing the Special Events calendar to ensure the space is available. If it is available, a Use Application can be downloaded, completed and emailed to events@SonomaCity.org. Once the completed application and fees are received the approval process begins. It typically takes 1-2 weeks for an approval of a small event and up to 6 weeks to approve a large scale event.
It is always a good idea to check with the City, and be sure the date you have in mind is open for use. As a general rule, small birthday parties and picnics do not need to rent space, but you would want to make sure another large event is not scheduled simultaneously. If you are planning an event that will have music, a substantial attendance, catered food and/or other vendors, an application must be submitted.
Small events are usually approved administratively, and within a few days. Larger events have a more extensive review.
Large events are first reviewed by the Special Events Committee(SEC). This is a preliminary staff review, and the Committee consists of the Parks Supervisor, the Chief of Police, the Public Works Director and a representative from the Fire Department.
After review and recommendation from the SEC, the event is then reviewed by the Community Services and Environment Commission (CSEC). They will decide final approval or denial.
The City of Sonoma does require a Film Permit to be on file prior to any filming/ photo shoots taking place within City limits, this process takes approximately 15 business days to complete. If you are planning on filming within the City limits the City requires a list of specific locations, times, written permission from property owners, insurance coverage, posting/notification to public to be included in your Film Permit. If you have any questions please contact Special Events Manager Lisa Janson 415.259.9458 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Plaza and Depot Park can both be used to host weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, and going away events. Please note the City does not have anyone on staff who can officiate a wedding, it is the responsibility of the Use applicant to coordinate.
Contact Lisa Janson, Special Events Manager, at (415) 259-9458 for a Special Event Application.
Most parks are available on a first come-first served basis unless the park has been reserved in advance for a special event. For those individuals looking to reserve a park facility for a special event please contact Lisa Janson at (415) 259-9458.
The process starts by reviewing the Special Events calendar to ensure the space is available. If it is available a Use Application can be downloaded, completed and emailed to events@SonomaCity.org. Please note priority for use of a section of either park is always granted to the individual/organization that has an approved Use Application Permit on file. If you are planning an event that includes the use of suppliers/vendors i.e. party rental companies, musicians, caterers etc., a Use Application Permit is necessary.
The Special Events Manager will follow-up once the application is received, fees will be calculated and a check payable to the City of Sonoma will be requested. Once the completed application and fees are received the approval process begins. It typically takes 1-2 weeks for an approval of a small event and up to 6 weeks to approve a large scale event.
The Post-Event Review is an opportunity for you, as the event organizer, staff and the CSEC to discuss the success of the event, and how to proceed in the future. Typically, this review provides a positive basis for continuing the event in the future, and an opportunity to let event organizers know about any changes in policy.
You can also get temporary licenses for events. More information can be found on our Special Events pages. Please complete the form and email it to events@SonomaCity.org. You are required to collect the signatures from the property owner and the Police Department.
Sonoma’s Tuesday Night Market (STNM) is presented by City of Sonoma in partnership with Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce in the “Horseshoe” in front of Sonoma City Hall from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm starting on May 18th.