Planning your Party or Event in Encinitas
The City of Encinitas Parks and Recreation Department is proud to provide recreational, educational and civic services, which optimize the public use of our local parks, beaches, trails and recreation facilities. It is the goal of our City Council that we promote active lifestyles and community health by furthering access to these City resources, ensuring that diverse recreational opportunities and programs are offered year round for our Encinitas residents.
The City of Encinitas Parks and Recreation Department administers the permitting of all events and rentals using parks, beaches, trails and public places, as well as the Encinitas Community Center. Please find information and resources below.
Encinitas Parks and Recreation Department Office
505 S. Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas 92024
Special Event Planning Guide
Special Event Permit Process
A Special Event Permit is required for groups of 25 or more when utilizing City parks, beaches and trails and when an organizer plans an event which is held wholly or partially upon public property (park or beach facility) or a street, and when the event represents a significant impact to the normal use of the property, causing variations and disruptions to the normal flow of traffic, public access, etc.
Special Ceremonies and Parties in Parks and Public Places
Special Ceremony Planning Guide and Application
Many of Encinitas outstanding parks and viewpoints are permittable, including Moonlight Beach Overlook, J Street Viewpoint, and Encinitas Viewpoint Park. Special Ceremonies include weddings, memorials and other ceremonies as approved by the Parks and Recreation Department. One Special Ceremony Permit is issued per day for a limited number of hours between 8am to 10pm. Maximum number of participants varies from 50-75 depending on site.
Encinitas Community Center Room Rentals
Facility Reservation Application Packet
To view availability of the Community Room at the Encinitas Library, click here.
The Encinitas Community Center, located at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive is host to hundreds of meetings, parties and events annually. The facility is approximately 39,000 square feet and includes a beautiful 5,000 square foot banquet hall with kitchen, an 8,000 square foot gymnasium/auditorium, an arts & crafts room, activity and meeting rooms, conference rooms, a dance room and a multipurpose activity room, all available for rental use at competitive rates for Encinitas residents and non-residents alike.
Community Center rental staff are eager to help you find the perfect room for your meeting or event, from large to small. Facility Reservations (room rentals) and events: Call (760) 943-2279 or email [email protected]
Encinitas Library Community Room Use
Library Community Room Use Application
To view Community Center room availability, click here.
The Community Room at the Encinitas Library, located at 540 Cornish Drive has limited rental availability for cultural, academic, fine arts and intellectual events up to 90-days in advance. This beautiful room seats up to 170 people, contains a full size grand piano, stage, catering kitchen and a balcony with an ocean view. To inquire about room eligibility and availability, call (760) 943-2279 or email [email protected]
Commercial Use of Public Places
Commercial Use Permit Packet
A special permit is required for any person or organization using public recreational facilities for commercial or professional instruction (yoga classes, boot camps, day camps, fitness classes or similar activities). Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
A special permit is also required to conduct surf instruction on city beaches from during the high impact summer months (May - September). Permit applications are typically made available and accepted in November/December of each year. A limited number of permits are issued for the summer months.
Athletic Field Use Permits
Athletic Field Use Permits
Since incorporation, the City has worked with a variety of qualified youth sports organizations in the community to meet their athletic field use needs. The Parks and Recreation Department assists these organizations in meeting their needs through a collaboratively managed Athletic Field Use Allocation Program. This Athletic Field Use Allocation Guide specifically outlines the guidelines and requirements associated with the management of athletic field use allocation in the City of Encinitas.