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The Department of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is responsible for issuing the permits. There is no cost for obtaining a permit and permits will be issued on a first come first serve basis. The CHP does not provide any equipment for the events. (PA System, Stage, Etc.) Processing permits generally takes 3-5 business days, but may take up to 10 business days. To get started, check availability by clicking Calendar and fill out an application by clicking Submit An Application 

While most large gatherings remain prohibited under the state’s stay-at-home order, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released guidelines for in-person protests and events designed for political and religious expression.

The CDPH released updated guidance for places of worship, providers of religious services and cultural ceremonies, and corresponding direction for other constitutionally protected activities, such as the right to protest.

The updated guidance lifts the state's numerical cap for outdoor attendance at places of worship and other constitutionally protected First Amendment activities.  At a minimum, outdoor attendance should be limited naturally through the implementation of strict physical distancing measures of a minimum of six feet between attendees from different households.

CDPH strongly recommends that those exercising their right to engage in political expression should utilize alternative channels, such as the many online and broadcasting platforms available in the digital age, in place of in-person gatherings.

Consistent with CDPH’s determination that gatherings are inconsistent with public health and safety, and the California Highway Patrol’s longstanding requirement that permitted events be consistent with public health and safety, CHP will not currently issue permits in connection with proposed gatherings except as allowed by CDPH guidelines.  Subject to these guidelines and all requirements of California Code of Regulations, Title 13, Division 2, Chapter 11, CHP will consider permit applications for gatherings on state property, including State Capitol grounds, provided:

(1)  Attendance is defined as all persons, other than Capitol staff, law enforcement and emergency responders.  It is the responsibility of the permittee to monitor the total number of persons on state property during the permitted time.  Upon arrival and for the duration of the permitted gathering, the permittee is required to make an accounting of the number of attendees.  

(2)  Physical distancing of six feet between persons or groups of persons from different households shall be maintained at all times.  Failure to maintain adequate physical distancing constitutes a violation of the permit and attendees are required to vacate state property.  Face coverings are strongly recommended.

(3)  Participants must maintain a physical distance of six feet from any uniformed peace officers, Capitol staff and emergency responder and any other public safety personnel present, unless otherwise directed, and follow all other requirements and directives imposed by local health officers and law enforcement, or other applicable authorities.

(4) The permittee is responsible for compliance with all terms upon which the permit is issued.

(5) If the permittee violates any rule or regulation pertaining to the issuance of permits concerning the use of state buildings, properties and grounds they will be subject to criminal prosecution.  Govt. Code Section 14685(c).

This limitation on attendance will be reviewed by CDPH at least once every 21 days, beginning May 25, 2020.  This review will assess the impacts of these imposed limits on public health and provide further direction as part of a phased-in restoration of gatherings that implicate the First Amendment.  CHP will revise its permit policies in accordance with that CDPH determination.

For additional information on the public health and safety interests underlying this policy, see the CDPH guidance on gatherings, available at:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/CDPHGuidanceforthePreventionofCOVID19TransmissionforGatherings.aspx.

For additional information regarding permitted work, local shopping or other permitted errands, and other authorized activities including political activity, see CDPH Questions & Answers, available at:

https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs