It is unlawful for any person to own, conduct, operate, maintain, or participate therein any place of entertainment in the City of Modesto without first having obtained an Entertainment Permit. Failure to obtain an Entertainment Permit can result in penalties under Municipal Code 4-1.420. It is necessary to complete a Business Entertainment Permit Application to obtain your Entertainment Permit.
"Special event" means an anticipated gathering of persons on or adjacent to public property or roadways that is likely to require police services, fire services, toilet facilities, traffic control, exclusive of residential traffic control, the availability of potable water or other City services to protect the health, safety and welfare of participants, neighbors or other persons likely to be affected by the event, including but not limited to spontaneous gatherings on Halloween, Fat Tuesday, X Fest, St. Patrick's Day and New Year's Eve, and where all of the following circumstances exist:
(1) Entertainment will only be offered for a limited period of time, not to exceed five (5) days;
(2) The entertainment is not a recurring or regularly scheduled event or celebration.
If a business that currently holds an entertainment establishment permit wants to conduct an event outside the four (4) walls of their establishment, then they must secure a special event permit.
Entertainment and Encroachment Permit applicants in the City of Modesto have various Insurance Requirements that must be submitted through our PINS Advantage software.
Learn about the fees for securing an Entertainment Permit in Modesto.
Meeting dates and information about the Entertainment Commission.