General Park and Bounce House Permits

Permits are required to reserve a picnic area, gazebo, building, or athletic field in City parks. In addition, groups of 25 or more guests are required to have a permit. Parties with bounce houses are also required to have a permit regardless of the number of guests in the party. Permits are not issued on holidays.
Permits can only be obtained at the:
Community Services Department
230 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866
Permits are issued in person at the Community Services Department up to *3 months in advance and no later than 3 p.m. the Wednesday before the planned event, except during a holiday week when the Wednesday deadline may change. Special Event, Senior Center, and Sports Center permits are the exception to the Wednesday deadline and require more advanced notice. 

*Senior Center reservations may be made up to one year in advance and no later than 45 days prior to the event date.

Proof of residency (i.e. a current utility bill or bank statement) is required for City of Orange residents. Non-residents are welcome to reserve park space, however, non-resident permit rates will apply. Proof of Orange residency (if applicable), permit fees, and deposits are due at the time the permit is issued.    

Save time! Print a copy of the permit application and bring it with you when you come in to obtain your permit. 

Hart Park Bandshell Permits

Groups intending to use the Hart Park Bandshell must also complete a Hart Park Bandshell Permit Application. Please note: the Hart Park Bandshell is reservable between the hours of 12 noon - 5 pm Monday - Sunday (excluding holidays).   

Sports Field Permits

There are various athletic fields throughout the City of Orange that may be reserved or used for drop-in use. However, groups of 10 or more are required to have a permit when using a sports field and field space is limited due to various approved sport league use. Organized sport leagues looking for field space should review the City's Field Allocation Policy.

If you are interested in reserving a field or are with an organized sport league looking for field space, please contact Joe Avila at or (714) 744-2271. General permit deadline restrictions apply to sport field reservations. To view a list of our parks with sport fields, click here.

Special Events in the Park Permits

Events that will have 200 or more guests or are not a standard park reservation require a Special Event Permit. Special Event Permit Applications require a minimum of 30 days notice prior to the planned event.

Senior Center Permits

Looking for a venue to hold a special engagement, party, or large meeting? We may have just the location for you! The Orange Senior Center has a large banquet room that can accommodate up to 250 guests. Reservations may be made on the weekends only (excluding holidays) and up to one year in advance. Application deadlines apply, please review the Senior Center packet for complete information on reservation information, pricing, and facility rules.

Permit Cancellations

All permit cancellations must be submitted in writing by the permit holder prior to the event date. Please refer to your permit for applicable cancellation fees. Approved permit refunds may take up to 6 weeks to receive.  

Inclement Weather Policy

The City of Orange does not refund permit fees for inclement weather cancellations. Instead permit holders may reschedule their reservation. Permit  rescheduling due to inclement weather must be at the request of the permit holder to the Community Services Department within 24-hours of the cancellation. Rescheduled dates are dependent upon availability and may only be reserved up to three months in advance.