COVID-19 Event Guidelines

Applications that meet the following criteria will be considered under the current Executive Order:
  • On Monday, March 22nd, SAPO will begin issuing permits with capacity of up to 200 people [previously 50 people]. Applicants can apply now for events with capacity up to 200 taking place after March 22nd
  • Event must be one block/one plaza block or less
  • Sound permits will not be issued for any event with a stage or video screen
  • Event location cannot interfere with a DOT Open Street or with DOT Open Restaurant locations
  • Permits will be considered on a DOT Open Street for events that occupy less than 50% of the street and for less than 6 hours in duration(Events are not permissible on Open Streets:Restaurants locations)
  • The local community board and precinct must approve all applications
  • COVID Safety Plan Affirmation must be signed and uploaded

Any events that are deemed eligible will also be required to submit a signed copy of the
Safety Plan Affirmation , confirming they will institute the included measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 at the event site.

These parameters do not apply for demonstrations or religious events. However, such events still must comply with applicable social distancing and safety requirements.

To apply for a Parks Department permit, please click here

  • Log in using your existing E-Apply account or create a new one. The online application is complete once you pay a non-refundable application fee ($20.00 for Open Culture Event, $25.00 for all other event types) by credit or debit card. To learn more about the application process, visit our permit process page.