Los Angeles

Los Angeles is host to many outdoor events on an annual basis. As you start the planning process, it is important to recognize that your event plays a unique part in the relationship with the community. A quality event can make a difference to the City of Los Angeles. EventPermits works with the City of Los Angeles and its partners, in planning safe and successful events that comply with city law.

Los Angeles Event Locations:

  • Chinatown
  • Koreatown
  • Little Tokyo
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • Kodak Theatre
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Getty Center
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Hollywood Sign
  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • Capitol Records Tower
  • Los Angeles City Hall
  • Hollywood Bowl
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • La Placita Olvera
  • Olvera Street
  • Watts Towers
  • Staples Center
  • Dodger Stadium
  • Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

Due to L.A.’s stance as the “Entertainment Capital of the World”, there is an abundance of attractions here. Consequently, the Greater L.A. Area is one of the most visited areas in the world. Here is a breakdown of some of its major attractions:

Theme Parks


  • Disneyland
  • Disney’s California Adventure
  • Knott’s Berry Farm
  • Pacific Park
  • Six Flags
  • Magic Mountain
  • Universal Studios Hollywood


  • Malibu
  • Venice Beach
  • Huntington Beach
  • Laguna Beach
  • Dana Point
  • Newport Beach
  • Manhattan Beach
  • Hermosa Beach
  • Redondo Beach
  • San Clemente
  • Santa Monica
Zoos and Aquariums


  • Los Angeles Zoo
  • Santa Ana Zoo
  • Aquarium of the Pacific


  • Hollywood
  • West Hollywood
  • Sunset Strip
  • Santa Monica
  • Huntington Beach


  • Americana at Brand
  • Tweedy Mile
  • Rodeo Drive
  • The Grove at Farmer’s Market
  • Beverly Center
  • Glendale Galleria
  • Old Pasadena
  • Irvine Spectrum Center
  • Paseo Colorado
  • Westfield Century City
  • Westfield MainPlace
  • Westside Pavilion
  • Valencia Town Center
  • Third Street Promenade
  • South Coast Plaza
  • South Coast Plaza
  • Downtown Disney
  • Universal CityWalk
  • Westfield Topanga
  • The Block at Orange
  • Ontario Mills
  • Victoria Gardens
  • Hollywood and Highland
  • Bella Terra
  • Fashion Island
  • Westminster Mall
  • Asian Garden Mall

Los Angeles is the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League, the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association, the Los Angeles D-Fenders an NBA Development team owned by the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, the Los Angeles Riptide of Major League Lacrosse, and the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League. Los Angeles is also home to the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins in the NCAA, both of which are Division I teams in the Pacific-10 Conference. Several more teams are in the greater Los Angeles media market: the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball and the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League are both based in nearby Anaheim; and the Los Angeles Galaxy and Club Deportivo Chivas USA of Major League Soccer are both based in neighboring Carson. The city is the largest in the U.S. without an NFL team.

Dodger Stadium
Dodger Stadium
Staples Center
Staples Center

There was a time when Los Angeles boasted two NFL teams, the Rams and the Raiders. Both left the city in 1995, with the Rams moving to St. Louis and the Raiders heading back to Oakland. Los Angeles is the second-largest city and television market in the United States, but has no NFL team. Prior to 1995, the Rams called Memorial Coliseum (1946-1979) and Anaheim Stadium (1980-1994) home; and the Raiders played their home games at Memorial Coliseum from 1982 to 1994.

Since the franchise’s departures the NFL as an organization, and individual NFL owners, have attempted to relocate a team to the city. Immediately following the 1995 NFL season, Seattle Seahawks owner Ken Behring went as far as packing up moving vans to start play in the Rose Bowl under a new team name and logo for the 1996 season. The State of Washington filed a lawsuit to prevent the move. In 2003, then NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue indicated L.A. would get a new expansion team, a thirty-third franchise, after the choice of Houston over L.A. in the 2002 league expansion round. When the New Orleans Saints were displaced from the Superdome by Hurricane Katrina media outlets reported the NFL was planning to move the team to Los Angeles permanently. Despite these efforts, and the failure to build a new stadium for an NFL team, L.A. is still expecting to return to the league through expansion or relocation.

Los Angeles has twice played host to the summer Olympic Games, in 1932 and in 1984. When the tenth Olympic Games were hosted in 1932, the former 10th Street was renamed Olympic Blvd. Super Bowls I and VII were also held in the city as well as soccer’s international World Cup in 1994.

Los Angeles also boasts a number of sports venues, including Staples Center, a sports and entertainment complex that also hosts concerts and awards shows such as the Grammys. Staples Center also serves as the home arena for the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL and the Avengers of the AFL.

Will I need a Permit?

If you are asking this question, the answer most likely is, yes!

If you are in doubt about whether or not your proposed activity is an Outdoor Special Event, and are unsure of what is required, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Even though my event is on private property, will some aspects of it spill onto the public space? (i.e. sidewalks, roads, city property or property owned by someone other than you)
  • Is there a remote chance that the safety of the participants and/or the residents of the City of Los Angeles may be affected if certain aspects of your event are not properly constructed, installed, or handled (i.e. food, electrical wiring, tents, stages, generators)
  • Does your event require any City of Los Angeles services? ( i.e. trash pick up, closing of streets, etc.)
  • Will I be erecting a stage, tent (10 x 10 or larger), bleachers, or booths?
  • Will I be vending? (food, beverages, merchandise)
  • Will I be selling/serving Alcohol? Will my event include advertising and/or product sampling?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you will need an event permit in the City of Los Angeles and EventPermits will facilitate all of your needs on your behalf.