Special Event Permits

Thank you for considering Montgomery Parks for your next event location!

A special event is an organized activity such as a walk, run, fair, tournament, festival, or other gathering hosted by a third party (not the Department of Parks) on park land for public or private entertainment that requires the general or exclusive use of one or more park facilities or features and that may:

  • Be advertised or open to the public;
  • Attract more than 100 people;
  • Require the use of the facility or park for more than 4 hours;
  • Provide some form of entertainment (shows, music, demos, etc.);
  • Offer items for sale; and/or
  • Require maintenance, sanitation and/or police services above and beyond what is already provided by park staff.

Event organizers are encouraged to submit their requests at least 60 days prior to the event date for any type or size of event and 120 days in advance if the event is likely to attract more than 500 people. Before submitting your request, we strongly encourage you to first visit the proposed site to make sure it can accommodate your event requirements for parking, attendance, and available resources or amenities. Submitting a request does not provide permission to conduct or promote your planned event. If the date(s) and/or location(s) requested is not available or if the location requested is not an approved site to conduct your proposed event, you will be contacted by the Park Permit Office and alternative arrangements will be suggested or made. Your confirmation will be in the form of a PERMIT, issued to the organization and/or person responsible for conducting the event.

Please note that all of our parks are public property, so there are certain guidelines that must be followed. Policing, trash removal, proper care of the facility or amenity used, sanitation services, crowd control, insurance and related traffic or parking issues must be considered and addressed before a permit can be issued.

If your event matches at least one of the above criteria, you will need to complete a Special Event Request Form (pdf 456 KB) and submit it, with all required documents, to our Wheaton HQ Park Permit Office location at 2425 Reedie Dr, Wheaton MD 20902.

If your request includes the use of a Parks athletic field, you will need to submit your request by May 1 (for events from September 1 through November 30) or December 1 (for events from April 1 through August 15) in order to receive priority scheduling. After these dates, priority will be given to league play and games or practices requested by sports organizations for the Fall and Spring/Summer seasons and we may not be able to accommodate your request.

Please note: All events being hosted on parkland require a certificate of insurance identifying M-NCPPC as an additional insured. A $85 non-refundable application fee is required for all standard event requests received and a $185 expedite fee will be charged for all event requests received within three weeks of the requested event date. Any additional required documents are outlined in the application form: To expedite your request, please review and complete the request form carefully and make sure to submit all documentation.

Any questions? Email the Park Permit Office.

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Last Updated: September 9, 2020