Apply for a permit Learn how to apply for the permits you need for your activity or project. Use a Philadelphia Parks & Recreation space Learn about getting a permit to use or reserve a Philadelphia Parks & Recreation space. Permits are recommended for all events. Get a special event permit How to hold a special event on City of Philadelphia property. Environmental permits and approvals Get permits or approvals that you need to deal with dust, air pollution, asbestos, and infectious waste. Get a Fireworks Display Permit How to get a permit for a fireworks display. Get a Use of Explosives Permit How to get a permit to use explosives in blasting operations. Get a Tent Permit How to get a permit for a large, temporary tent or canopy. Building and repair How to get permits and approvals to do building and repair. Zoning permits How to get zoning permits in Philadelphia.