Approval Process

Due to COVID-19 and the city of Charleston still operating under phase 2 of reopening plans, we are currently not issuing any park permits through September 30. Please continue to check this website for updates.

Permits for 2021 can be submitted beginning September 1, 2020.

Please call the Special Events Manager with further questions at 843-805-3225.

A permit is required for all organized events at any City of Charleston park, facility, or field.

  • Permits are subject to approval. If your event request is for a street blockage or parade, you will need additional permits from Traffic and Transportation and the Charleston Police Department. These permits may be completed at our office as well. Any event that expects a large crowd, impact on neighborhood, alcohol, or amplified sound is required to have a special event permit as well. Allow a minimum of 45 days for this process. Special event permitting has policies and standards that went into effect in 2010.
    • Note: Fees for the permit are based on the complexity of the event
    • Events (including weddings) held at the Waterfront Park or at White Point Garden are limited to 25 people, in total, at the event (This includes the bride and groom).
  • Contact the City of Charleston Recreation Department at 843-724-7327 at least 14 business days prior to the event. Some events are required to submit a special event permit 45 to 120 days prior to the event depending on the complexity of the application.
  • Verify if the date is available.
  • Apply for a permit at
    823 Meeting Street
    Charleston, SC 29403
  • Dates are secured once assigned fees are paid (Check and Credit Card accepted, no cash) and an approved permit is issued.

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