At its May 4, 2021 meeting, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council adopted a new ordinance requiring a permit for “organized team play.” The ordinance will take effect on July 2, 2021.

“Organized team play” is defined as persons gathered in a park or designated recreational facility engaging in one or more of the following activities:

  1. A practice, drill or other activity, overseen by a supervisor or coach, for the purpose of facilitating the development of skills in a recreational, club or sport activity.
  2. A game or contest consisting of two or more teams, with a total of eleven (11) or more participants.
  3. A game or contest consisting of two or more teams regardless of number of participants, with uniforms or identifying apparel of competitors, and/or referees/coaches. 

The Council’s goal in adopting this ordinance is to limit excessive organized team play, particularly without a permit, to reduce the impact on limited green space and better meet community needs.

Permits will be for one-time or recurring use. Resident applicants, as defined by the ordinance, can obtain one-time use permits for organized team play free of charge by applying no later than 72 hours before the use date, while non-residents must apply no later than 60 days before the use date for a fee. Recurring use permits require approval by the Parks and Recreation Commission; residents must apply 30 days in advance, while non-residents must apply 60 days in advance. Fees apply for recurring use permits, though residents can request a waiver. Applications are processed online at

For more information, please contact Arabo Parseghian, Division Manager, at 

(818) 790-8880 or