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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Event/Film Permits & Licenses

Parks & Rec Centers

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Event/Film
Category:
Location
Duration:
Temporary
Apply online?
No

A permit is required to use public parks and rec centers for events in the City of New Orleans.

A permit is required to use public parks for events in the City of New Orleans. The Department of Parks and Parkways is responsible for the following parks: Jackson Square, Brechtel, Washington Square, Mississippi River Heritage Park, Lafayette Square, Coliseum Square, Armstrong Park and other smaller parks. City Park and Audubon Park also have jurisdiction over parks within the City.

 

Restrictions

  • Jackson Square is not available for major events (except wedding ceremonies) due to restricted use policy
  • The following are prohibited in any Parks and Parkways park under any circumstances:
    • Events related to partisan political activities
    • Frying
    • Seafood boiling 
    • Glass bottles or containers
    • Parking on the grass
    • Water activities and related set-ups
    • Excessively loud music
    • Explicit lyrics
  • The following items may be allowed, except in Jackson Square, with proper written approval of the Director of Parks and Parkways:
    • Portable toilets
    • Tents of the pop-up variety (no staking allowed)
    • Booths
    • Food/beverage sales
    • Inflatable games
    • Stages
    • DJs or live bands
  • For major events, all litter must be picked up, bagged and completely removed from the park immediately following the event.

Fees

  • A non-refundable $50.00 processing deposit is required before space for event is reserved
  • Non-refundable usage fee and refundable Litter/Damage deposit due either immediately upon booking if there is less than 30 days before the event -or- 30 days after confirmation of booking
  • Overtime fees for all parks are $50.00/hour
  • In the event of rain, an event may be rescheduled up to one year from the originally scheduled event date

Fees listed are base fees which will change depending on the specifics of the event

Major Event Fees - Parks and Parkways
Park Amount of Time Base Fee   Non-Profit Fee Damage Deposit
Armstrong Park  up to 4 hours $500.00   $250.00 Based on Event Components
Armstrong Park up to 8 hours $1,000.00   $500.00 Based on Event Components
Armstrong Park over 8 hours  $1,500.00   $750.00 Based on Event Components
Lafayette Square up to 4 hours $500.00   $250.00 Based on Event Components
Lafayette Square up to 8 hours $1,000.00   $500.00 Based on Event Components
Lafayette Square over 8 hours $1,500.00   $750.00 Based on Event Components
Mississippi River Heritage Park up to 4 hours $500.00   $250.00 Based on Event Components
Mississippi River Heritage Park up to 8 hours $1,000.00   $500.00 Based on Event Components
Mississippi River Heritage Park over 8 hours $1,500.00   $750.00 Based on Event Components
Neighborhood Park up to 4 hours $150.00   $75.00 $100.00
Neighborhood Park up to 8 hours $500.00   $250.00 $200.00
Neighborhood Park over 8 hours $1,500.00   $750.00 $500.00
Palmer Park up to 4 hours $500.00   $250.00 Based on Event Components
Palmer Park up to 8 hours $1,000.00   $500.00 Based on Event Components
Palmer Park over 8 hours $1,500.00   $750.00 Based on Event Components
Washington Square up to 4 hours $500.00   $250.00 Based on Event Components
Washington Square up to 8 hours $1,000.00   $500.00 Based on Event Components
Washington Square over 8 hours $1,500.00   $750.00 Based on Event Components
Recurring Event
Good Custodian
Discount Rate 
(Event Series with
at least 6 occurances)
per day $750.00   $750.00 Based on Event Components
Wedding Fees
Park Guests Usage Litter/Damage Deposit
Jackson Square 2-25 $250.00 $100.00
Jackson Square 26-100 $500.00 $200.00
Jackson Square 101-200 $750.00 $300.00
Jackson Square 201 and above $1,000.00     $500.00
Armstrong Park 2-25 $250.00 $100.00
Armstrong Park 26-100 $500.00 $200.00
Armstrong Park 101-200 $750.00 $300.00
Armstrong Park 201 and above $1,000.00 $500.00
All Other Parkways Parks 2-50 $125.00 $100.00
All Other Parkways Parks 51-100 $225.00 $200.00
All Other Parkways Parks 101-200 $325.00 $300.00
All Other Parkways Parks 201 and above $425.00 $500.00

For weddings, usage fees are non-refundable even in the case of rain.

NORDC parks and rec center usage fees vary. Please contact them at: 504-658-3080 or dastrickland@nola.gov

Required documents/steps

  • Check to see if the Parks and Parkways park you would like is available by calling the department (504) 658-3201 or by emailing ParksandParkways@nola.gov to ask if the date is available.  
  • Check to see if the Rec Center or NORDC park you would like is available by calling the department (504)-658-3080 or dastrickland@nola.gov
  • Once confirmation of date availability is confirmed, complete the Master Event Application, plus:
  • Supplement D - Parks and Rec Centers
  • Supplement G - Safety and Security
  • Liability Insurance Certificate with City of New Orleans as holder of the certificate is required for all events with an attendance projection of 100 or more, except weddings.
  • Copy of insurance of the company providing the space walks (if applicable)
  • Contract for all events with an attendance projection of 100 or more except weddings (Parks and Parkways)
  • Plan/contract to dispose of all waste 
  • Submit all to the One Stop Shop, City Hall, 7th floor, 1300 Perdido St., New Orleans 70112

Note: Events require a walk-thru with Parkways personnel at least 30 days prior to the event. 

 

Issuing agency

Parks and Parkways

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User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Event/Film
Category:
Location
Duration:
Temporary
Apply online?
No

A permit is required to rent the shelters in Brechtel Park for events in the City of New Orleans.

A permit is required to rent the shelters in Brechtel Park for events in the City of New Orleans. Depending on the details of your event, you may need other permits as outlined on the special events pages. 

Restrictions

  • The following are prohibited in any park under any circumstances:
    • Events related to partisan political activities
    • Frying
    • Seafood boiling 
    • Glass bottles or containers
    • Parking on the grass
    • Water activities and related set-ups
    • Excessively loud music
    • Explicit lyrics
  • The following items may be allowed, except in Jackson Square, with proper written approval of the Director of Parks and Parkways:
    • Portable toilets
    • Tents of the pop-up variety (no staking allowed)
    • Booths
    • Food/beverage sales
    • Inflatable games
    • Stages
    • DJs or live bands

Fees

Shelter Fees
Park Shelter Base Fee Additional Grilling Fee
Brechtel Park 1-6 $175.00 $25.00
Brechtel Park 7 & 8 reserved as a pair $325.00 $25.00
Brechtel Park Scout Island ( exclusive use) $450.00 $25.00
Refundable Litter/Damage Deposits
Persons Litter/Damage Deposit
1-100 $200.00
101-200 $300.00
201-300 $400.00
301 and above $500.00

Current entrance fees to the Brechtel Park are applicable and do not allow for re-entry.

Usage fees are non-refundable.

In the event of rain, an event may be rescheduled up to one year from the originally scheduled event date. 

Required documents/steps

Create a reservation for the space by:

  • Calling the department (504) 658-3201 or by email ParksandParkways@nola.gov to ask if the date is available. 
  • Once confirmation of date availability is confirmed, requestors can file a booking request form by fax (504) 658-3227 or by email ParksandParkways@nola.gov

Fill out booking form for requested park:

  • Brechtel Park Booking. Please note, all citizens should contact Parks and Parkways to confirm date availability before filing a booking request.

Payment of fees is required within 5 working days of requesting reservation.

Insurance:

  • Liability Insurance Certificate with City of New Orleans as holder of the certificate is required for all events
  • Copy of insurance of the company providing the space walks
  • Contracts are required for all events and must be completed at least 2 weeks prior to date of rental
 
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Last updated: 11/6/2013 3:32:49 PM

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