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Get A Permit

Some activities at Brooklyn Bridge Park require obtaining a permit. Read more below about when and how to obtain a permit.

Some activities or special uses require a permit. Commercial film and photo shoots, wedding ceremonies, league sports, single day events, or group activities (such as lessons, camps, school groups, or the like) must obtain a permit and meet insurance and other requirements.

For more information, and to determine if your visit requires a permit, continue reading.

Brooklyn Bridge Park is a public park and as such, any events, classes, or gatherings larger than 20 people require a permit. Regardless of the number of participants, we do not issue permits for events, classes, group instruction, or gatherings where a fee is charged (unless it’s a league sport played on the volleyball, basketball, or soccer fields).  Additionally, amplified sound, including microphones, is not permitted.

Free, outdoor public space is critical. At Brooklyn Bridge Park, we have always prioritized free public events, activities, and classes. We believe that public space is for the public, and we work to ensure as much of the public space as possible is available to all who visit. This is why we partner with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and others to provide a huge array of completely free programming at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Applying for a Permit

  • Proposed events and permits must comply with all Park Rules and Regulations and Permit Terms and Conditions
  • All applications will be charged a $25.00 non-refundable application fee and a $1.00 credit card processing fee. Additional fees may be required based on the nature of the requested permit.
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee you will be granted a permit. Your application is not approved until you have received a permit from Brooklyn Bridge Park.
  • Permits are not issued on holidays or holiday weekends.
  • Permits are not issued for Max Family Garden or for the Pier 5 grilling stations or any picnic tables in the park.
  • Applications for the upcoming year open on December 1st of the current year.
  • Commercial activity in the Park is prohibited unless specifically authorized in a permit, and authorization is rare. Absent specific authorization, a permit does not allow an event holder to charge a fee or require a donation to participate in or attend the event.
  • Decorations like chalk, confetti, powders, glitter, balloons, flower petals (real or fake), or any other similar substance cannot be used in the Park. These substances are difficult to manage when blown into plant beds, water features, or paths. These products can blend with the soil or water and the dyes or chemical makeup of these products may have long-term harmful effects on the Park’s ecosystem.

Permits at Brooklyn Bridge Park

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