Permits and Services - Police

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To apply for the permits below issued by the Hermosa Beach Police Department, print out and complete the appropriate application form (also available at the Police Station). With the exception of drone permits, which must be applied for in-person and require a drone inspection by Police Department staff, applications may be mailed or delivered to:

  • Chief of Police
    Hermosa Beach Police Department
    540 Pier Avenue
    Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Please review the information and links below including conditions and requirements for each permit. For questions, please contact the Police Records/Business office at (310) 318-0360 or e-mail Sharon Stine.

Fee payments - with the exception of Alarm Permits, after police department approval has been approved, permit fees may be paid at the Finance Cashier's Office, Room 101 in City Hall (1315 Valley Drive), Monday - Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fees for Alarm Permits can be mailed in with the completed application, or paid at the Finance Cashier's office as noted above.

Alarm Permit

Fees: $21 (initial/renewal)
Alarm Permit Application

Hermosa Beach Municipal Code 8.8.010 - requires every person maintaining an alarm system (burglar/security) to obtain a permit from the police department. There is an annual permit fee when the application is submitted and the alarm permit must be renewed annually. Please be sure to fill out the application completely, including the names of individuals that can respond in an emergency.

Amplified Sound Permit 

Fee: $171
Amplified Sound Permit Application

Hermosa Beach Municipal Code 8.24.060 - every user of sound amplifying equipment on public property shall file an application with the Chief of Police at least ten (10) days prior to each date or each consecutive number of days on which the sound amplifying equipment is intended to be used.

Block Party Permit

Fee: $204
Block Party Permit Application

Hermosa Beach Municipal Code 12.30.070 - Requests for permits for use of public rights-of-way for block parties may be made by Hermosa Beach residents to the Chief of Police. All permit requests shall be subject to approval by the department director or designee. Requests for permits should be submitted at least ten (10) days prior to the date of the event, along with the required list of adjacent properties showing the required 2/3 majority approval of the event.

Drone Permit

Fees:  $145 (new) / $75 (renewal)
Drone Permit Application

NOTE: Drone permits must be applied for in-person at the Hermosa Beach Police Station (540 Pier Avenue) from Monday to Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. as drone(s) must be inspected by Police Department staff prior to permit issuance.

Hermosa Beach Municipal Code 9.38.030 - An operating permit shall be required for every Unmanned Aircraft and Unmanned Aircraft System ("UAS" commonly known as a drone) operated in the City.  No person shall operate an Unmanned Aircraft System in the City without first obtaining an operating permit and obtaining an identification number assigned by the City and submission of a copy of the Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. Permits are good for one year and are renewable annually.  View Drone Guidelines.

Residential Special Event Permit

Fees:  $827 plus refundable $500 deposit
Residential Special Event Permit Application

Hermosa Beach Municipal Code 9.28.020 - A resident of the city may obtain a maximum of two (2) permits per calendar year per household in order to conduct a special event, party or gathering at the resident's residence pursuant to the provisions of Section 9.28.020. A permit must be requested not less than ten (10) days prior to the date of the event on an application form provided by the Police Department. The application form shall be accompanied by a filing fee in an amount determined by resolution of the City Council ($827).  A permit will only be issued upon receipt of a deposit ($500), in the form of cash or cashier's check. (This deposit is separate from the permit fee and it is refundable - please see Section 9.28.020 of the Municipal Code.) The Police Department may impose conditions on the permit, in addition to those set forth in Section 9.28.020.  The permittee must notify all residents within a 300 foot radius of the event at least 72 hours prior.

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