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> Special Events Permit Application
From the smallest birthday party to the largest concert, special events take place
every day in New York City parks. If you want to have any activity in a City park
with more than 20 people, or where you would like to reserve a specific area within
a park, you need to apply for a special event permit.
If you've read everything to the left, and you want to apply for a special
events permit, please log in or create a new account below. If you have already
created an account with the Street Activity Permit Office or Mayor's Office
of Media and Entertainment you do not need to create a new account. Please log in
using your existing account.
Special Events permits cost $25 to process, and the fee cannot be waived waived (except
when requesting an NYC Parks group volunteer project). We will
do our best to give you what you request, but this money is not refundable. Also,
we need 21-30 days to process a permit request, so make sure you plan ahead. We
are not able to issue permits for major holidays, as we keep spaces clear
for public use on a first-come, first-served basis on those days.
How much will the event cost? For most small events, there is no
additional cost beyond the permit fee. If you're planning a larger event, please
see the Rules and Regulations section for information on Special Events Concessions,
including definitions of terms, concession fee schedule, and exceptions to that schedule.
Do I need other permits too? If you want to have amplified sound,
you'll need a permit from the local police precinct. When you receive a Parks permit,
including permission from Parks to use amplified sound, use NYPD's Sound Permit Application [PDF]. You're
also responsible for obtaining any necessary clearances or permissions for the use
of intellectual property, including but not limited to musical or other performance
rights for the stage.
Want to sell food/merchandise on parkland? If you wish to sell food, beverages or merchandise at your special event, or to charge vendors a fee to participate in the event, you may need a Temporary Use Authorization (TUA) [PDF] Permit from Parks' Revenue Division. As a reminder, it is not permissible to require attendees to pay an admission or donation fee to participate in your event.
Want to host a large-scale event? Events with more than 500 guests have additional procedures. Please review our Large-Scale Events at NYC Parks Guidelines for more information.
Want to make your event sustainable? We work to make sure every event follows best practices to help the environment. Please download our Sustainable Events Guidelines for advice on how to make your event environmentally sustainable.
Access to events for people with disabilities is critical, and we
strongly encourage permit holders to provide information about the
accessibility of the facility and other accommodations if their event
is open to the public. For more information, please download the NYC
Mayor's Office for People With Disabilities
Meeting Guide, or read the New York City Council
legislation. If you need guidance from Parks when responding to
requests and inquiries, you can contact Chris Noel, our ADA Accessibility
Coordinator/Disability Services Facilitator, by email at
or by phone at (646) 632-7344.
Customers who can't access the internet or prefer not to apply online can obtain
a paper copy in person at one of our borough permit offices listed below. There
is a $25 non-refundable processing fee for all Special Events permits. Checks or
money orders should be made payable to City of New York Parks and Recreation.
Beginning May 23, 2011, smoking will be prohibited at all parks, beaches, and pedestrian
plazas. Visit the Smoke-Free Parks page to find out more about this new legislation and how
to ensure that your event remains smoke-free.
1 Bronx River Parkway
Bronx, NY 10462
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
24 West 61st Street
Arsenal West, 5th Flr.
New York, NY 10023
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Greenbelt Recreation Center
501 Brielle Ave
Staten Island, NY 10314
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
95 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
NOTE: Parks does not accept applications for special event permits
at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Information on applying can be found on Brooklyn Bridge Park?s website.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
(across from outdoor Tennis Courts)
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact the Citywide Special Events Office for large-scale events (over 500 people) or events for promotional/commercial purposes at (212) 360-1319.
Designated Barbecuing Areas in
Married in the Parks
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