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Important information and resources for event organizers.

Information for Event Organizers

As of February 2023, the Economic and Workforce Development Department processes special event permit applications.  For more information, including special event permit applications, please visit: https://www.oaklandca.gov/services/apply-for-a-special-events-permit

Are you planning an event at a rented city facility?

If so, please review program material and requirements.

Before the Event:

  • Plan and organize your event with Zero Waste in mind!
  • Choose reusable flatware, cups, plates and table coverings
  • Contact food donation organizations to donate surplus food
  • Review additional event greening resources below

At the Event:

  • Make an announcement to your guests to recycle and compost in the appropriate bins

After the Event:

  • Ensure all recyclables and compostable items are placed in their proper bins. Please do not overfill bins.
  • Donate Food

Download the City of Oakland Facilities Rental brochure for more information.


Food Donation Resources

Search for a food recovery organization that matches for event needs here.

Call a food pantry for hours of operations and details on accepted food:

  • West Oakland food Pantry: (510) 208-5651
  • New Beginning International Ministry, Inc: (510) 985-0541
  • Alameda County Food Bank: (510) 635-3663 x605

Event Greeners

Private Companies to assist you in your zero waste event: