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Permits & Rentals – Special Event Permit Policy

Policy Statement

The purpose of this policy is to establish an organized process to manage third party special events that occur on park property, ensure proper care of parkland, and not hamper regular services, programs or activities to the public. This policy clearly outlines the expectations and guidelines to which users must agree in order to obtain a permit for a special event on parkland. 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 will be issued. Some of these services can be provided by Park staff for an additional fee or the permitted group can arrange to provide them independently. It is the goal of Montgomery Parks, M-NCPPC, to offer suitable parks and facilities for use by the public as venues of special events in exchange for fees that will cover the costs of providing the services and personnel to support the event. The Department of Parks wholeheartedly supports the worthwhile events that are held on park land and recognizes the break-even and non-profit nature of most of these efforts, but cannot provide these amenities wholly free of charge, as that places an undue burden on the general taxpayer.

Application Procedures

A completed Special Events Request Form and the application fee must be submitted no less than 60 business days in advance of the event date or 120 business days if the event is likely to attract more than 500 people. Requests made within three weeks (15 business days) of the requested event date will be charged an extra fee for expedited processing. No requests within a 10 business-day window will be considered. Applicants will receive a response within 30 business days of submittal.

Completed request forms may be submitted in one of these ways:

  • Emailed to the Park Permits Office or
  • In person at our Permit Office Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • By mailing a written request and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
    Montgomery Parks
    Park Permit Office
    2425 Reedie Drive, 2nd Floor.
    Wheaton, MD 20902