What about performers and artists? Where should I go to get a street performer permit?
City has specific locations along the Pier designated for performers.
Performers do not need a vending license, but are required to have a
Performers Permit (apply in person at the Business Office located 1717
4th Street, Santa Monica) and must abide by certain rules and restrictions. Santa
Monica Municipal Code 6.112.020 (C) defines performers as those: playing
musical instruments, singing, dancing, acting, pantomiming,
puppeteering, juggling, reciting, engaging in magic, creating visual art
in its entirety, or similar artistic endeavors. Activities that are not eligible
include: (1) personal services such as hair weaving or massage; (2)
application of paints, dyes, and inks to the skin such as temporary or
henna tattoos; (3) the completion or other partial creation of visual
art; (4) art that is mass produced or produced with limited variation;
or (5) handcrafts such as jewelry, pottery, silver work, leather goods,
More information about obtaining a permit is available at: https://finance.smgov.net/doing-business/business-license/street-performer-permit
Once you have a
Performers Permit, the Santa Monica Pier Corporation holds daily
drawings at 9am, 11am, 2pm, and 5pm for performance locations on the
pier. For more information contact the Pier Corporation at (310)
458-8901. Please check out the pier performer lottery guidelines.