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Street Performer Permit

The City council finds that the existence of Street performers in the City provides a public amenity that enhances the character of the City and seeks to encourage such performances in a manner consistent with the overall public interest. Cognizant that street performers are engaged in First Amendment activities, the Santa Monica Municipal Code imposes reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions on street performers to the extent necessary to ensure the safety of performers, their audience, local businesses and the general public.

You will need to apply for a performer permit in person and bring the following with you:

  • Two identical passport-type photographs (approximately 2 inches square) clearly showing your face with no hat or sunglasses.
  • Current photo ID such as a driver’s license or state ID card, passport, or student ID (expired identification will not be accepted).
  • Payment in the amount of $37.00.  Acceptable payment types include: Cash, Check, Discover, American Express, MasterCard, or Visa.
  • California Entertainment work permit for performing minors under the age of 16.

A parent or guardian must obtain a permit for a minor younger than 16.With the performance permit application,  a copy of a California Entertainment Work Permit must be submitted.  A California Entertainment Work Permit can be obtained at:

Van Nuys - Entertainment Work Permits
6150 Van Nuys Blvd., Room 100
Van Nuys, CA 91401
(818) 901-5484

Please see their website for more information: http://www.film.ca.gov/ProductionTools_WorkPermits.htm

All performer permit applications must be submitted in person at the Business License office located at:

City of Santa Monica
Business and Revenue Operations Division
Business License Unit
1717 4th Street, Suite 150
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Each performer must obtain an individual performance permit. Performer permits are not transferable and you cannot apply for, pick up or use another performer’s permit. Permits are processed within 3 business day. When picking up your permit, please bring your valid photo ID.

Forms Related to Performer Permit:

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