San Diego Anime Con Rules and Regulations

We at San Diego Anime Con (SDAC) want everyone to have fun.  But to make sure everyone has fun, we need to have some rules and regulations. That might seem like a downer, but it’s actually a good thing.  These rules and regulations might change without notice, but any change is to keep a fun and safe environment.

Cosplay is encouraged! However, nudity or partial nudity will not be allowed, as this is a family-friendly event. No hate speech or symbols will be allowed as a part of your costume. See the weapons and props link below for more details on that.

Click on the following links to read more in depth about each our rules and regulations for our weapons/props and harassment policies.

Weapons and Props

Harassment and Code of Conduct

Other policies are below

Admission Badges and Wristbands

At check-in/registration, you will receive both a badge and a wristband.  You will need both to enter into the various SDAC event spaces.  They will be checked for at the entrance to every SDAC-related area.  More details are on our Registration page.

Photo/Video Recording

Photos and video recording are allowed. By attending SDAC you acknowledge that you may be photographed or video recorded at some point – by official SDAC staff or by other SDAC attendees. You are still to abide by appropriate behavior with respect to photographing fans, cosplayers, and other attendees. See our harassment policy for more information.

Animals and Pets

Animals and pets will not be allowed at SDAC.  It’s for their safety and protection, as well as for the guests of SDAC. Please leave your pets at home – this includes birds, reptiles, dogs, cats, zebras, elephants, horses, and pretty much every animal.


SDAC is a smoke-free event.  If you need to smoke, find an appropriate area at the Handlery Hotel designated for smoking.

Outside Food and Drinks

Guests are permitted to bring their own food and drinks, as well as purchase some from the food venues on the Handlery Hotel site.  However, while drinks and beverages will be allowed in the rooms, no food will be allowed in any of the SDAC programming rooms (panel rooms, dynamic room, exhibit hall, featured artist areas, video game room, tabletop room, etc).

Drugs and Alcohol

Drug use is not permitted and will not be tolerated during SDAC.

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SDAC reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at the event, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. We may use the photograph/video in publications or other media materials. To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian By attending SDAC or by failing to notify us, in writing, your desire to not have your photograph or image used, you are agreeing to release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify SDAC from any and all claims involving the use of your picture or likeness.

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