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May 3, 2011 > Electronic permit process for county roads

Electronic permit process for county roads

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell and Lingxia Meng

Santa Clara County has launched a new electronic process for obtaining special event permits to use County roads. Event organizers can now submit permit applications online. Residents can also subscribe online to receive e-mail notifications about events happening on the rural roads maintained by Santa Clara County. The County roads event website is

In October 2010, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance for special events on County roads. The ordinance provides a process for event organizers and the County to manage special events to reduce impacts on residents and to protect everyone's safety.

"The new website is intended to streamline the permit application process, as well as enable residents to stay informed about events happening on County roads in their neighborhoods," said Mike Murdter, County Roads and Airports Director.

Special events addressed in the ordinance include parades, street fairs, festivals, block parties, organized athletic or sporting events, and community celebrations. Depending on the types of activities, event holders will be required to obtain a special permit and pay a fee.

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