People often ask about procedures for obtaining approval to staging secial events in the City, especially those involving some form of street activity. New York City requires that a “Special Event Permit Application be submitted to the City of New York Street Activity Permit Office prior to any special event involving street activity held in the City. Depending on the type of event planned, other City agencies may also require approval. The below information includes a list of Application Sponsor Rules and Responsibilities, Support Permit Requirements, and a link to the City of New York Special Permit Application form:
APPLICANT/SPONSOR RULES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
IT IS THE APPLICANT’S/SPONSOR’S RESPONSIBILITY TO:
MAINTAIN ONE LANE ON EVERY STREET FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES.
KEEP ALL FIRE HYDRANTS AND ALARM BOXES FREE OF OBSTRUCTION.
SUBMIT EVIDENCE OF INSURANCE PRIOR TO FINAL PERMIT APPROVAL. PLEASE PROVIDE A CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE WHICH NAMES THE CITY OF NEW YORK AS AN ADDITIONAL INSURED AND SHOWS A MINIMUM OF $1MILLION IN COMMERCIAL GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE AND A POLICY ENDORSEMENT WHICH INDEMNIFIES AND HOLDS HARMLESS THE CITY OF NEW YORK.
PLEASE NOTIFY THE COMMUNITY OF THE EVENT BY POSTING “INFORMATIONAL” SIGNS 48 HOURS PRIOR TO CLOSURE OF THE STREET OR USE OF PARKING (THESE SIGNS WILL BE ISSUED WITH YOUR PERMIT). AND CONFIRM WITH THE NYPD THE POSTING OF “NO PARKING SIGNS” FOR ENFORCEMENT AND TOWING.
SUPPORT PERMIT REQUIREMENTS
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMPONENTS OF THE EVENT ARE SUBJECT TO APPROVAL BY THE STREET ACTIVITY PERMIT OFFICE AND MAY REQUIRE APPROVAL BY AND/OR PERMITS FROM OTHER CITY AGENCIES. THE STREET ACTIVITY PERMIT OFFICE APPROVAL DOES NOT CONSTITUTE PERMISSION FROM OTHER AGENCIES. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT/SPONSOR TO SECURE ALL NECESSARY CITY OF NEW YORK PERMITS AND PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION TO THE STREET ACTIVITY PERMIT OFFICE PRIOR TO PERMIT ISSUANCE.