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DPR Online Permit Request

Complete the form below to request a permit with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. A permit request must be submitted for each facility or equipment you would like to reserve. This application is not for the National Park Service picnic grove or volleyball courts. Permits are not valid until the permit notice is issued and any and all fees have been paid in full. Applicants must have the permit on site with them during the permit hours. This application request does not gaurantee the space or time you are requesting.
 
Applicant Information
The applicant is the individual completing the application and responsible party. If the applicant is a corporation, organization or other group, the individual completing and signing the permit application must be a legally authorized agent of such corporation, organization, or group.
First Name:* Last Name:* I am a DC resident:*
Organization: If applying as an organization, the organization assumes ALL liability and financial responsibility. 501(c)(3):
  This application is for a charter school organization.
Address:* Apt/Suite:
City:* State: Zip Code:*
Daytime Phone:* Mobile Phone: Email:*
Give the name and mobile phone number for the point person who will be on site at the event.
Name:* Mobile Phone:*    

Find a Location
Use the search fields below to find a location based on it's name, facility type or address. For an advanced search option click on the 'Map View' icon. To select a facility click the "Add" button next to each facility listed. To add an alternate facility to this permit request click the plus '+' sign. NOTE: The list does not guarantee availability. If you are requesting equipment for an non-DPR location click the 'Equipment Only' button.
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Event Dates & Times
Enter the times and dates for each location requested. Permit requests should be entered no later than two (2) weeks prior to your event. If your event has an irregular schedule please give a detailed explanation in the Comment field below. Dates & times should include any time needed to setup or tear down your event.
 

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Alternate Schedule

Recurrence: Describe any possible variations to the schedule in the space below:
Start Date:
Start Time: :   End Time: :  
Recurrence: Weekday(s):   Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Recurrence: Date monthly event is held:  
Recurrence: Day monthly event is held:     -  
 

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Alternate Schedule

Recurrence: Describe any possible variations to the schedule in the space below:
Start Date:
Start Time: :   End Time: :  
Recurrence: Weekday(s):   Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Recurrence: Date monthly event is held:  
Recurrence: Day monthly event is held:     -  
 

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Alternate Schedule

Recurrence: Describe any possible variations to the schedule in the space below:
Start Date:
Start Time: :   End Time: :  
Recurrence: Weekday(s):   Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Recurrence: Date monthly event is held:  
Recurrence: Day monthly event is held:     -  
 

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Alternate Schedule

Recurrence: Describe any possible variations to the schedule in the space below:
Start Date:
Start Time: :   End Time: :  
Recurrence: Weekday(s):   Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Recurrence: Date monthly event is held:  
Recurrence: Day monthly event is held:     -  

Please include any additonal comments related to the scheduling of your event. Include information related to set up and tear down.


Event Information
Select the appropriate range for the number of attendees that will be present for your event. Be sure to include the number of participants, spectators, volunteers, etc in your count. In the space provided below list the types of attendees with an estimated head count for each. Include number of youth, adult and/or seniors expected to attend.
Number of Attendees:
Breakdown of Attendees:
 
 

LARGE EVENTS

  • Events at a DPR park, picnic grove or facility with more than 250 participants are considered Large Special Events.

NO VENDING/COMMERCIAL USES

  • Vending, commercial uses, activities generating private profit and money raising of any kind are all strictly prohibited on DPR property, except and to the extent expressly allowed by law and approved by the applicable governmental authority. Any such authorized activity shall be strictly subject to DPR rules and policies regarding such activity.
  • Federal regulations prohibit vending of any kind on federally owned property.

NO CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES

  • No use of DPR property for campaign events of any type. No District resources, including, but not limited to DPR facilities and parks, shall be used to support or oppose any candidate for elected office, whether partisan or nonpartisan, or to support or oppose any initiative, referendum, or recall measure, including a charter amendment referendum.
  • On occasion, a DPR site may be used as an election site. Park users should contact the District's Board of Election and Ethics to understand the rules regarding the placement of campaign signs near election sites.

MEDICAL SERVICES

  • Additional rules may apply for large events (250 or more participants), including a requirement to provide emergency, safety and security plans.
  • FEMS mandates that all streets remain accessible to emergency vehicles and equipment at all times via a minimum 20 ft. dedicated and unobstructed emergency lane, and/or as may be further determined by FEMS.
  • An essential requirement when planning a special event is the adequate provision of first aid and/or emergency medical services.
  • It is imperative that normal emergency medical services operations for the city are not hindered by the staging of a special event.
  • FEMS and DOH must review and approve your plans for first aid and/or emergency medical services to ensure that provisions are in place for coverage by proper licensed/certified personnel.
  • To ensure safety of persons attending a special event, the Emergency Medical Service provider (if services are not provided by FEMS) must be able to initiate an Incident Action Plan (as required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security), or such other plan as is required by applicable law or regulation, that is appropriate for the event.
  • All permits obtained from other agencies MUST be presented to DPR prior to the issuance of a DPR permit.

PORTABLE TOILETS

  • A portable toilet is required for outdoor events larger than 50 guests.
  • Applicant must provide one toilet for every 50 guests.
  • Portable toilets must be handicap accessible.
  • A copy of the contract for portable toilets must be submitted to DPR before the permit is issued.
  • All portable toilets must be located on a flat hard surface, which may include, but not limited to, asphalt, concrete or plywood. Any other location must be approved by DPR in advance of the event.
  • Location of portable toilets must be approved by DPR prior to delivery.
  • Unless otherwise specified, portable toilets are only permitted to be delivered a maximum of 24 hours prior to the event.
  • Unless otherwise specified, all portable toilets MUST be removed from DPR property within 24 hours after the event.
  • Permit applicant or applicant's representatives, as the case may be, shall be responsible for any damage caused by the installation or removal of toilets.

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES (ANC APPROVAL)

  • In cases where an event may disturb residents in the surrounding community due to noise, music volume, traffic, parking burdens, or otherwise, as reasonably determined by DPR, DPR may require an applicant to obtain a letter of support for the event from the Advisory Neighborhood Commission presiding over that specific area (anc.dc.gov), prior to issuing a permit.
  • The DPR permit office will make the determination on whether or not an ANC letter is required.

SECURITY PLAN

  • Depending on the size and activities of your proposed event, DPR may require the presence of security personnel. You will be notified by DPR in such event.
  • Applicants are responsible for the actions and conduct of any and all persons and organizations involved with and/or attending the permitted event.
  • The applicant is responsible for and will bear all costs related to policing, cleaning and repairing any damage to, the property upon conclusion of the event or activity and will reimburse DPR for any such costs incurred by DPR.
  • For more information on how to prepare security plan, please contact the Metropolitan Police Department Special Operations Division at (202) 671-6522 or visit their website at mpdc.dc.gov.

STREET CLOSURES OR USE OF PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY

  • DPR does NOT issue permits for use of any public right-of-way.
  • If your event is requesting the closure of/use of a public street or public way (including sidewalks or street crossings) you must obtain approval and all necessary permits from the applicable District agencies.
  • A letter of approval from the local ANC endorsing the event MUST be presented to DPR before a permitted can be issued.
  • For more information regarding District requirements, please contact the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) at (202)727-6161.

TRANSPORTATION

  • In some instances DPR will require that the applicant provide a transportation plan that explains how participants/spectators will get to and from the proposed event location.
  • DPR recommends you inform event participants/spectators of alternative modes of transportation that will reduce traffic congestion such as bus, train, bicycle, car pooling, shuttles, etc.
  • Visit wmata.com for more information about public transportation alternatives.
  • Your description must identify proposed parking locations with recommended routes, public transportation modes and routes and alternative modes of travel.
  • You must also describe how you will inform participants/spectators about appropriate travel recommendations that will easily and safely guide them to your proposed event location.
  • If you are planning a walk/run event, please provide sufficient time for registration and be mindful of the below restrictions on commercial use, vending and money raising.
  • Parking is not allowed on DPR property except in designated parking lots and only in connection with the use of DPR sites. Overnight parking is NOT allowed.
  • All permits obtained from other agencies MUST be presented to DPR prior to the issue of a permit.
Will you be requesting to use grills during your permitted event? Grills are permitted in designated areas ONLY. Customers must provide their own charcoal and grill.
 

GRILLING/FOOD

  • Charcoal grilling is the only type of grilling allowed and only pursuant to applicable law and regulation and in areas designated by DPR. Gas and propane tanks are strictly prohibited.
  • Absolutely NO grilling of any kind is allowed on athletic fields or playgrounds.
  • No person shall kindle, build, maintain or use a fire in any place, portable receptacle or grill except in places provided and/or authorized by DPR.
  • In NO event shall open or ground camp fires be allowed on any DPR property.
  • If your event requires grills to prepare/cook food, you MUST indicate and receive approval for grilling as part of your permit application.
  • If fire is kindled and contained in a portable receptacle grill, it must be continuously under the care and direction of a competent person over 18 years of age, from the time it is kindled until it is extinguished.
  • No such fires shall be within 10 feet of any building, tree or underbrush or beneath the branches of trees.
  • Disposing of coals on grass, at the base of a tree or at any other location is strictly prohibited.
  • Fires may be prohibited by DPR during the dry season (specified by DPR representatives).
  • Fire or grilling of any kind may be prohibited by FEMS.
  • DPR reserves the right to require the applicant to obtain a permit or license from FEMS, the District Department of Health, the District Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, or any other applicable District agency in the event that applicant plans to grill and/or provide food of any type at the planned event.
Will you be promoting and/or advertising this event? Costs incurred promoting and marketing events prior to the issuance of an approved permit from DPR and changes/modifications relative to the event from DPR or other DC government agency is at the sole expense and risk of the applicant.
 

NO VENDING/COMMERCIAL USES

  • Vending, commercial uses, activities generating private profit and money raising of any kind are all strictly prohibited on DPR property, except and to the extent expressly allowed by law and approved by the applicable governmental authority. Any such authorized activity shall be strictly subject to DPR rules and policies regarding such activity.
  • Federal regulations prohibit vending of any kind on federally owned property.

ADVERTISING AND MARKETING

  • ALL costs incurred promoting and marketing the event prior to or after the issuance of an approved permit shall be borne solely by the applicant and DPR shall not be responsible for any costs or expenses incurred by the applicant or applicant's representatives, including in the event of a denial or cancellation of a permit.
  • Generally, advertising and signage recognizing or supporting specific individuals, products, services, and/or entities is prohibited on DPR property.
  • Applicant is responsible for contacting DPR at the time of submitting the permit application to discuss any issues regarding advertising, sponsorship and/or signage.

BANNERS AND SIGNAGE

  • Fastening or attaching any rope, sign, banner, flier or other object to any tree, shrub or park feature on DPR property is strictly prohibited.
  • DPR reserves the right to approve or disapprove any sign prior to installation.
  • Any unapproved signage may be removed without notice at applicant's sole cost.
Will your event feature inflatables such as moon bounces or slides? Any request for approval of a moon bounce or other play amenity must be made at the time of original permit request. Applicant MUST provide his or her own power source.
 

INFLATABLES

  • If the event shall include the use of any inflatable or other play amenity, such as a moon bounce or similar attraction, the permit applicant must include a description of the item, including its specifications, in the permit application.
  • At NO time shall the amenity be left unattended.
  • Inflatable devices are provided at the sole risk and liability of the applicant.
  • Applicant MUST provide its own power source for all inflatables used during an event.
  • Moon Bounces are allowed at some parks, provided that the applicant complies with the District's and DPR insurance requirements. In most events, applicant will be required to obtain an occurrence based general liability policy in the amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000) and naming the District of Columbia and DPR as additional insured. Insurance requirements are subject to change and at any time. Applicant should contact DPR as early as possible to determine the type of insurance that will be required for the planned permit use.
  • Any request for approval of a moon bounce or other play amenity must be made at the time of the original permit request.
  • Failure of applicant to receive written approval of the use of the amenity and/or failure to provide DPR with sufficient proof of insurance (which at a minimum needs to be via a certificate of insurance on the Accord form) in advance of the event may result in cancellation of the permit or denial of request.
Will there be bathroom availability for your guests during your requested event? A portable toilet is required for events with 50 or more guests. The ratio for portable toilets and guests is 1:50.
 

PORTABLE TOILETS

  • A portable toilet is required for outdoor events larger than 50 guests.
  • Applicant must provide one toilet for every 50 guests.
  • Portable toilets must be handicap accessible.
  • A copy of the contract for portable toilets must be submitted to DPR before the permit is issued.
  • All portable toilets must be located on a flat hard surface, which may include, but not limited to, asphalt, concrete or plywood. Any other location must be approved by DPR in advance of the event.
  • Location of portable toilets must be approved by DPR prior to delivery.
  • Unless otherwise specified, portable toilets are only permitted to be delivered a maximum of 24 hours prior to the event.
  • Unless otherwise specified, all portable toilets MUST be removed from DPR property within 24 hours after the event.
  • Permit applicant or applicant's representatives, as the case may be, shall be responsible for any damage caused by the installation or removal of toilets.
Are you requesting to have amplified sound at your event? Will you be playing music or using a public address system that could be heard by those not attending your event?
 

AMPLIFIED SOUND

  • Amplified sound must be directed away from residences and must comply with city regulations and not exceed 60 decibels. The proposed location of the sound system, direction of sound and location of all speakers must be identified on your application.
  • Amplified sound can be rented through DPR. Please see Equipment Rental fee for amount.
  • All use of amplified sound must be pre-approved by DPR.
  • Amplified sound is NOT allowed on Federally owned lands. Applicant is responsible for contacting DPR prior to submitting a permit to determine which park sites allow amplified sound.
  • DPR reserves the right, in DPR's sole discretion, to require applicant to obtain the approval of the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission ("ANC") to host an event that involves amplified sound.
Will your event require bringing vehicles onto DPR grounds? No parking and/or driving on grass, athletic fields, recreation courts, play areas, service roads and pathways.
 

TRANSPORTATION

  • In some instances DPR will require that the applicant provide a transportation plan that explains how participants/spectators will get to and from the proposed event location.
  • DPR recommends you inform event participants/spectators of alternative modes of transportation that will reduce traffic congestion such as bus, train, bicycle, car pooling, shuttles, etc.
  • Visit wmata.com for more information about public transportation alternatives.
  • Your description must identify proposed parking locations with recommended routes, public transportation modes and routes and alternative modes of travel.
  • You must also describe how you will inform participants/spectators about appropriate travel recommendations that will easily and safely guide them to your proposed event location.
  • If you are planning a walk/run event, please provide sufficient time for registration and be mindful of the below restrictions on commercial use, vending and money raising.
  • Parking is not allowed on DPR property except in designated parking lots and only in connection with the use of DPR sites. Overnight parking is NOT allowed.
  • All permits obtained from other agencies MUST be presented to DPR prior to the issue of a permit.

STREET CLOSURES OR USE OF PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY

  • DPR does NOT issue permits for use of any public right-of-way.
  • If your event is requesting the closure of/use of a public street or public way (including sidewalks or street crossings) you must obtain approval and all necessary permits from the applicable District agencies.
  • A letter of approval from the local ANC endorsing the event MUST be presented to DPR before a permitted can be issued.
  • For more information regarding District requirements, please contact the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) at (202)727-6161.
Will the event feature tents, stages or other structures? Use of certain tents and structures may require applicant to obtain a permit from DCRA.
 

STAGES AND/OR PLATFORMS AND OTHER STRUCTURES

  • Some structures, such as large stages/platforms, may require a separate building permit from DCRA (202-442-4400).
  • If a building permit is required, a letter from DPR verifying the number and sizes of stages/platforms will be needed before DCRA will issue a permit.
  • A copy of all permits issued by DCRA must be submitted to DPR prior to your event; otherwise, a permit will not be issued. Therefore, please plan accordingly by submitting all appropriate paperwork to all agencies on time.
  • Include sizes and quantities of individual structures.
  • A separate sheet with this information may be attached.
  • DPR does have some platforms/stages for rent but they are not suitable for dancing or stepping. Please see Equipment Rental fee schedule on DPR's website for more information.

TENTS AND CANOPIES

  • Use of certain tents may require applicant to obtain a permit from DCRA. You should contact DCRA at (202) 442-4400 for more information and to understand the latest laws, regulations and rules regarding such issues.
  • If you are planning to erect tents or canopies, describe and give the quantity of tents and/or canopies, along with the sizes of each. A separate sheet with this information may be attached to your application.
  • DPR must be aware of the type and location of all tents and canopies before the permit is issued.
  • The applicant is responsible for any damages caused to park property/facility and must consult DPR staff prior to installation.
  • In certain locations, staking of tents and canopies may be prohibited.

OTHER STRUCTURES

  • Installation of structures on DPR property is not allowed without express written authorization.
  • Applicant may be required to obtain insurance in connection with any structure that will be placed on DPR property, including, but not limited to, statues, walls or anything that has to be built, fastened, or erected.
  • All permits obtained from other agencies MUST be presented to DPR prior to the issue of a permit.
  • ALL structures MUST be included on Site Map.

Are you applying to hold a farmers market on one of our properties? 'Farmers' markets (also known as open-air markets) are organized outdoor market places where food products are sold for public consumption.
 

OPEN-AIR, OR "FARMERS" MARKETS AT WHICH FOOD PRODUCTS WILL BE SOLD OR DISTRIBUTED FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION:

  • Market operator (permit holder) shall ensure that all vendors obtain the applicable licenses and/or permits from the District Departments of Health and Consumer Regulatory Affairs (and any other applicable agency) in connection with the market operation including, but not limited to, those applicable to vending and food storage, handling, and preparation.
  • Prior to establishing a farmers market, the market operator (permit holder) shall obtain from the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), within whose boundary the market site lies, a resolution supporting the establishment and operation of the market.
  • Market operator (permit holder) shall obtain Comprehensive Commercial General Liability insurance with coverage on an "occurrence" basis of at least $1,000,000 covering bodily injury, personal injury, death and property damage, which policy shall cover all activities at the market site and list the District of Columbia as an additional insured. Individual vendors may also need to obtain insurance.


Provide a detailed description of your event. Failure to disclose pertinent information may delay the approval process.

Equipment Rental (optional)
Type the equipment you would like to rent. You may also select from the list of equipment below. NOTE: The list does not guarantee availability.
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After completing the sections above, click Submit to review your permit request before it is submitted.