Most of the weddings on the beach are small and last about 15-30 minutes. Keep in mind that there are unknown variables such as weather and crowds.
Q: Where can I have my beachfront wedding?
A: The City only issues permits for the City Beach located between Beach Boulevard and Seapoint Street.
State operated beaches are north of Seapoint Street and south of Beach Boulevard. Information regarding the California State beaches (Huntington State or Bolsa Chica State) is available by calling (714) 846-3460.
Q: How much do wedding permits for the beach cost?
A: There is a non-refundable application fee of $110.00, which is due at the time of application to reserve the date and location. Depending on the set-up and number of the participants/guests, additional fees of $325.00 or $500.00 may apply. General liability and additionally insured insurance is required for any beach event. This insurance is available through or Risk Management Division for approximately $100.00 (the exact prices depends on the size of the event). Risk Management can be reached at (714) 536-5492.
Q: What paperwork do I have to provide to the City?
A: You must provide the City with a site map indicating the desired location of the wedding and what you are placing on the beach. After the application packet is submitted, it will be reviewed and you will be notified regarding the availability of the date and location.
Q: Can we fence off an area?
A: The City does not have any specific locations set aside for group activities and groups may not cone, rope or fence off any areas.
Q: What about alcohol or a sound system?
A: Neither alcohol nor amplified sound is permitted on the beach.
Q: What time does the beach close?
A: The beach is open until 10:00 pm every night.
Q: Who do I contact to have a wedding on the beach?
A: City of Huntington Beach Beach Events staff at (714) 536-5494 can answer your questions.
Q: What days are restricted?
A: Weddings are not permitted June 15 through September 15 of each year.
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm