Special Events Rules & Regulations

Santa Barbara Courthouse Gardens

  • All park rules and regulations must be adhered to at all times. This includes those covered under Santa Barbara County Code, Section 26.
  • Public and ADA access must be maintained at all times.
  • Public activity must not be disturbed.
  • Generators are not permitted on the grounds.
  • Open flames are not permitted on the grounds.
  • Do not attach anything to the building without prior approval.
  • Vehicle access on the grounds is not permitted. Do not block any public access to the building.
  • Do not block public access into or out of the grounds. Or the Courthouse at any time.
  • All trash must be removed from the site after your event.
  • Do not dump hot or cold fluids, ice, etc., on the lawns or in the shrubbery beds.
  • Please monitor your setup crew to insure that all equipment is brought in on dollies or hand carts in a manner that protects the stonework from damage. The stone walkways and steps must be protected from spills, stains, chipping and any other physical damage.
  • Dollies and hand carts are never permitted on the steps anywhere on the Courthouse Grounds.
  • Only breathable materials are permitted on the lawn. No plastic, tarps, vinyl, or synthetic materials.
  • Do not drive poles, stakes, etc., into the lawn.
  • You will provide security guards for the protection of the grounds and building, if required. The cost for this service is $21.00 per hour (in the event that your date falls on a holiday, additional holiday rates may apply). Security guards will work at the direction of our Park Ranger(s) for Grounds Protection.
  • If required, Park Rangers will be on site for your event. Cost for this service is $56.00 per hour.
  • Be sure you have left the grounds in the condition you found them.
  • Wedding Receptions are now permitted on the Courthouse Grounds and must be reserved and coordinated through the Special Events Coordinator.

Day-Use Parks

  • Park hours are 8:00am to sunset.
  • Put all trash and litter in cans provided.
  • Park visitors are expected to restore the area to the condition in which it was found. The person whose name appears on the reservation will be responsible for any damages to county Property in connection with their activity.
  • Bouncers are not permitted at Goleta Beach, Lookout Park, Miguelito Park, Orcutt Community Park, Rincon Beach Park, and Santa Rosa Park.
  • Bouncers are permitted at Los Alamos Park (Areas A, B, and Robert Ferrero), Manning Park (Area 9), Nojoqui Park (areas A, B, C, D), Rocky Nook Park (Area 1), Santa Ynez Park (Area A), Toro Canyon Park (Area 1), Tucker's Grove Park (Areas 2, 3, and 5).
  • No amplification allowed. Sound, including radios, at a low volume is allowed but should not disrupt or interfere with the peace or the enjoyment of any other recreation area.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times and picked up after.
  • Our parks are tobacco-free, smoking is prohibited.
  • Alcohol is allowed. The person whose name appears on the reservation is responsible for ensuring that anyone consuming alcohol is over 21.
  • Selling of alcohol or food requires additional permits. Contact Parks for information.
  • The use of staples or tacks damages park structures and park tables, and is prohibited. Please use tape to secure table coverings and other decorations.
  • Water activities, including but not limited to water balloons, wading pools, slip and slides, and dunk tanks are not allowed.
  • Each picnic area is equipped with picnic tables and a barbeque grill/pit. Do not bring extra chairs and tables to expand the picnic area's capacity.
  • Extra open-flame grills and oil fryers are prohibited. Electric crock-pots and propane stoves that meet safety standards are permitted (No home-made propane cooking equipment). The use of unauthorized equipment may result in additional fees, citation or eviction.
  • Mylar confetti and Mylar on piñatas that are not biodegradable are prohibited.
  • Motorized/electric vehicles are not allowed on park lawns.
  • Items may not be left unattended in the unreserved areas.
  • Prior authorization/walk-through is required for weddings, memorial services and other special events.
  • Unauthorized events may result in additional fees or eviction.