There is no fee for the permit. An insurance bond may be required for large groups or special events.
Permits may be requested no more than one year in advance and must be submitted a minimum of 10 business days prior to the commencement of the event. Permits are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. No dates are held without a completed application.
The person or organization who holds the permit is financially responsibility for the event. Insurance may be required for events on state property due to the size or complexity of the event. Events of more than 500 participants around the Capitol structure or events of more than 100 participants in the botanical garden area of the Capitol may be required to have a one million dollar insurance bond through the Department of General Services. The State reserves the right to evaluate smaller events on a case by case basis involving State property where insurance may be required.
If you are required to submit a one million dollar general liability insurance bond, it should be made out to the California State Department of General Services (DGS), State Capitol Park, and include the date/time of the event. A copy must be received by the permit office prior to the event. All events utilizing tent/structures must be coordinated through DGS prior to your event at (916) 324-1229.
The consumption of alcohol on Capitol Grounds is prohibited, per California Penal Code 172 unless all the following conditions are met:
Permit Applicants are required to submit proof of compliance when the application is submitted.
No. The California Highway Patrol does not provide any equipment for the event. You are responsible for all equipment used during the event.
No vehicles will be allowed past the security fence around the Capitol. You must park on the city streets. If you have any special parking requests, please contact Sacramento City On-Street Parking at (916) 808-5874.
Yes. Filming for private use is permitted, but all requests for commercial filming on state property need to go through California Film Commission. See Links
No. Permission for events/photos inside the Capitol is only granted by the Joint Rules Committee. They may be reached at (916) 319-2800. Written permission must be granted prior to any activity inside the Capitol.
Yes. The rules require permit holders to ensure the grounds are left clean, in the condition found, after the event. Failure to remove all trash could result in financial liability to the permit holder. Every effort should be made to separate and recycle the waste.
One (1) security person shall be designated for each fifty (50) persons expected to be in attendance. Each member of security shall wear a distinctive emblem, insignia, or article of apparel at all times during the activity identifying them as security. A security monitor may be a security professional or a designated member of your event. CHP personnel may be contracted for security and are required for events serving alcohol.
Yes. Carrying, transporting or using signs, posters, placards or banners exceeding thirty inches (30”) in size in or on any state building or grounds is prohibited unless prior written permission has been obtained from the CHP. The size of the handles or supports for such signs, posters, placards or banners shall be limited to one-fourth inch (1/4”) in thickness by three-fourth inch (3/4”) in width and shall extend no more than eighteen inches (18”) beyond a single exterior edge of such sign, poster, placard or banner except with prior written permission of the CHP. All handles or supports shall be made of wood without exception. Any sign handles found in violation will not be allowed on the property.
All such signs, posters, placards, or banners shall be hand carried and not in any way affixed, fastened, or attached to the premises. They shall not be self-supporting, placed for display; or leaned against any wall, partition, or other portion of a state building or grounds. All signs, posters, placards or banners may not be left behind after the event and must not be disposed of in state trash receptacles. The carrying of such signs, posters, placards or banners in a way that obstructs freedom of passage through, or in state buildings or upon state grounds is prohibited.
Yes, however, all activities which involve running, jumping, tackling, strenuous activity or physical contact between parties is prohibited in State Capitol Park. This includes, but is not limited to, football, baseball, Frisbee, golf, catch, soccer, and devices used for jumping in or upon. Operation and use of bicycles, roller skates/blades, skateboards, and other wheeled conveyances are prohibited on state property. (Read section for exceptions)
Donations can be collected on Capitol grounds as long as the following conditions are met:
No organization holding a permit may sell, rent or collect monies from another group or individual for booth space or participation costs.
All political fundraising is prohibited in or on state property.