When looking to have an event in an Olmsted Park, you will need one of the following permits: Special Event Permit or a Greenspace/Shelter permit.
What qualifies as a Special Event?
Here is a list of factors that can qualify as a Special Event:
- Amplified music or any sound production
- Bounce houses or inflatables
- Draws a large crowd, 50+ people
- Petting zoo/pony rides
- Selling goods or services
- Solicitation of any kind
- The use of additional city departments, example: Sanitation
In addition to this list, the event must be reviewed by the City Parks Commissioner before a permit is issued. This list is not inclusive and qualifying as a Special Event can vary on a case-by-case basis, as determined by the Commissioner.
If you believe your event qualifies as a Special Event, BEFORE you fill out the Special Event application, email Arlene Mustafa (firstname.lastname@example.org) to see if your desired date is available.
If you are looking to reserve an area of a park or to rent a park shelter, without any factors from the above list, that is considered a “Greenspace Permit.”
To apply for either a Special Event Permit or a Greenspace Permit, please visit the City of Buffalo online applications at buffalony.gov. Any questions about your event, or the application process, can be directed to Arlene Mustafa: email@example.com