Special Events play a vital role in building goodwill in our community, and engaging residents in meaningful activities. Depending on the nature of your event, you may need to obtain additional permits or approvals to ensure a well-planned, safe event. The page Special Events Permit outlines the types of special events that require permits. Most special events in Alameda require a $1,500 deposit. Certain permits require insurance and liability coverage naming the City of Alameda as an additional insured. Application packets for each permit type can be found here.