Philadelphia Parks & Recreation issues permits to Park Friends groups and community groups for events at neighborhood parks. These groups need a permit if the event includes any of the following:
- A gathering of 50 people or more.
- Portable toilets.
- Amplified sound.
- Organizational signs.
- Sale, distribution, or cooking of food or goods.
- Filming or photos.
- Any City services.
- Tents, sound systems, or production elements like stages or stands.
This application is intended only for Park Friends groups and community groups conducting non-ticketed public events with fewer than 500 attendees.
To find out what permit you need, please visit Get a Parks & Recreation permit.
When and where
You must apply at least 30 days prior to your event to avoid an additional $25 application fee.
Follow these steps to get your permit:
You may also email us at PPRstewardship@phila.gov.
Download, complete, and submit the Event Permit Application for Friends and Community Groups with required application fee and security deposit, and any optional fees for services.
See the full instructions in the application.
You must have liability insurance to host an event at a Parks & Rec site.
If approved, you will be issued a permit prior to your event.