Special Event Application Process

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.

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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.

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If you believe your event qualifies as a Special Event, BEFORE you fill out the Special Event application, email Arlene Mustafa (amustafa@ch.ci.buffalo.ny.us) 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: amustafa@ch.ci.buffalo.ny.us