This historic 1929 Spanish-Moorish structure is one of the most beautiful buildings in the U.S. Its meticulously maintained gardens and spacious lawns have become a popular site for special events.
Weddings that choose the Garden area would reserve the site for a three-hour period: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Wedding receptions are now welcome at the Courthouse. Please note that the Courthouse Building closes at 5:00 PM. Our fee schedule, comparable with other sites, is itemized below. These fees also fall within the BOS current fee structure.
For small wedding ceremonies with 15 or fewer participants, we have identified eight suitable locations, free of charge, primarily along the Anacapa and Figueroa Street lawn areas. These locations (A-H) are non-reservable. These locations will provide a place for small wedding parties with the architectural treasure of the Courthouse buildings and landscaping as a backdrop.
Please note that the County Courthouse is a public building. Wedding areas may not be roped off and all public access ways must be maintained at all times.
Courthouse Clock Tower
The Clock Tower MAY NOT be reserved.
Cancellations must be made at least sixty (60) days before the event to receive a full refund, minus the non-refundable reservation fee. Cancellations received less than sixty (60) days before the event will be subject to a 50% cancellation charge of the paid site fee.
Garden Area Fee Guest Capacity
Exterior Gardens $1,100.00 Up to 250
Areas marked with a letter in parentheses may be used at no charge for wedding parties of 15 or fewer participants.
The following rules apply to all wedding ceremonies:
No amplified sound, but soft acoustic music would be permitted
All chairs and equipment are to be hand carried to wedding site.
No rice, confetti, flower petals, bird seed or open flames are permitted.
No food or beverages are permitted on grounds
Taping off or coning any area of Courthouse Grounds is not permitted
Stay out of planting beds
No officiants provided