Permits, violations & licenses

Get a permit for a large event or festival

Parks & Rec has stopped issuing event permits based on the City’s Safer at Home guidance.

All current permits are canceled. Parks & Rec will not issue permits for or allow:

  • Private events (weddings, picnics)
  • Community events.
  • Sports or group recreation.
  • Media productions.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation permits hundreds of events and festivals each year. Event permit applicants need a Large Event and Festival permit if their 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 for event organizers of:

  • Public and private events.
  • Festivals.
  • Large athletic events.

When and where

Applications are available online and should be mailed or submitted in person to:

PPR Special Events Office, CASE Bldg.
4300 S. Concourse Dr.
Philadelphia , PA 19131
Work Phone:

The only acceptable form of payment for all application fees, site fees, security deposits, and staff
costs are:

  • Check
  • Cashier’s check
  • Money order, made payable to Fairmount Park.

Credit card payments or cash cannot be accepted. All checks returned for insufficient funds will have additional charges.

To avoid a late application fee, submit your application at least 90 days before the event.


To get a permit, you must complete the application process.

Call the Parks & Rec Special Events Office at (215) 685-0060 to make sure the location and date you want is available.
Download, complete, and mail, or submit your Special Events application in person, with the correct application fee.
  • Parks & Rec Special Events Office staff will review your application and contact you for any additional information needed.
Receive, sign, and submit your non-executed permit (pre-permit) with payment.
  • Parks & Rec Special Events Office staff will authorize and issue your permit via mail or email.