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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the capacity of DPWC’s Community House?

There is standing room for 200 people inside capacity.  Seated capacity is 150 people inside, plus additional outside space.

Are tables and chairs included in the Rental Fee?

Yes. We include 100 Chiavari chairs in the rental. We also have four 60-inch round tables, eight 48-inch round tables and eighteen 72-inch rectangular tables.

Do you provide any tablecloths?

Linens are not included but we can provide a list of local vendors.

Do you have any cutlery, plates, glasses, decorations, etc. that may be used?

No. These are usually provided by catering companies and/or the renter. A list of caterers is available upon request. 



Can I see the Community House before I decide to rent?  Are there specific hours?

Yes. Please call our Community House Director at 949-284-6415 or email to schedule a viewing time. 

Do you have to be a member of Dana Point Women’s Club to rent Community House?

No. Community House rentals are open to the public.

Can I place a hold on a date?

Yes, with an appropriate deposit as arranged with the Community House Director.


What are your rental rates?

Our rental rates are very competitive and vary with the type and timing of events. Special rates are available for non-profits. Please contact our Community House Director at 949-284-6415 or for more information.

I want to secure my date, what is the next step?

Provide the signed lease agreement and the security deposit as specified in the contract. Proof of insurance coverage must be provided within 14 days of the event or earlier, as specified in the contract

When and how do we pay the rental fee?

The security deposit is due with the submission of the signed lease agreement along with 50% of the rental fee and proof of insurance with Dana Point Women’s Club, Inc. designated as a named insured.  The venue rental fee balance is due 30 days before your event.

What are your cancellation terms and conditions?

Events may be cancelled 90 days before the event with a full refund. If the event is cancelled 31 to 89 days prior to the event, 50% of rental fee is forfeited; cancellations of 30 days or less, 100% of the rental fee is forfeited.

Do you offer discounts to non-profit organizations?

Yes. Please contact our Community House Director for details.

Can we rent the Women's Club for an event honoring a minor such as a Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, Quinceañera, or Birthday?


What does the Women’s Club do with the rental fees?

The Dana Point Women’s Club is a non-profit organization. Net proceeds from our rentals supports maintenance and preservation of the building and helps fund our philanthropies.



As the client, are we required to have liability insurance? If so, where do I buy it?

Yes, you do need liability insurance that specifically names Dana Point Women’s Club, Inc. as a named insured. A certificate of insurance for your venue rental is usually available  through your own homeowners’, renters’ or business liability carrier, but please ensure that DPWC is named as an insured party. We can also provide a list of national event insurance providers for your consideration, although we make no recommendations or warranties in this regard.

Are my vendors required to have liability insurance?

Either the renters or the vendors need to have liability insurance naming Dana Point Women’s Club as a named insured.  


When and how do we pay the rental fee?

The security deposit is due with the submission of the signed lease agreement along with 50% of the rental fee.  The venue rental fee balance is due 30 days before your event.

Is the deposit refundable?

The security deposit is refundable in full if there is no damage to the Clubhouse and there have been no violations to the terms of the contract. An inspection is made immediately after your event and the Community House Director will refund your deposit within 10 days. If there is damage, the Director will notify you immediately and advise you of the cost to repair the damage, which will be paid from the security deposit or billed to the renter in the case of damage exceeding the deposit. The security deposit is never applied to the rental fee.




What is the curfew for my event?

Eleven PM. Since Community House is located in a residential neighborhood in the heart of the Lantern District, all renters must vacate the premises by 11 PM and Music must stop outdoors at 10 PM and inside by 10:30 PM.


May I have a DJ or band at my event?

Yes (however, drums are prohibited).   See lease for specific details.

Do you provide audiovisual equipment?

DJ’s and bands need to bring their own equipment. A WIFI connection is available.

Do you require security for events?

Only for large events and those that serve alcohol. See the lease for details.

What are the rules about set-up and drop-off of décor?

Drop off and set up of décor needs to be coordinated with the Community House Director. Set up and take down time must be included in the contracted event times. Under no circumstances may decorations be stapled, taped, or otherwise affixed in a damaging manner to the walls, ceiling rafters or the fireplace mantle.

Are we allowed to have glitter, birdseed, or confetti? What about candles?

No glitter, birdseed, confetti, silk flower petals or any other similar substance is allowed. You may use LED candles, but live flames are strictly prohibited.




Are alcoholic beverages allowed to be served?

Yes, legal alcoholic beverages may be served to adults at any event. A licensed bartender is required at Renter’s expense unless the Caterer has a Type 58 ABC liquor license. If beverages are sold, an appropriate temporary license from the County must be obtained.

Can I bring outside catered food?

Yes, you will need to bring in your own food or hire a caterer.  A list of local vendors is available upon request but we make no recommendations or warranties in this regard.

Do you recommend caterers?

We can provide you with a list of local vendors but do not make direct recommendations.



Where can we park during an event?

There are 30 parking spaces on site and additional public street parking nearby.  These parking spaces are open to the public and available on a first come first serve basis. Signs reserving the 30 Community House spaces for private events are available and may be posted by the Renter prior to the event. 



Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

All rental questions should be directed to our Community House Director at 949-284-6415 or

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