Approval Process

Beginning October 1st, we will be reviewing any permits that we have on hand and accepting any new permits for facilities/parks to go through the approval process.

For Special Events permits or questions, please contact Katie Ernst or at 843-805-3225. That process is different than parks or facilities.

COVID notes: The City’s mask ordinance must be followed as well as the social distancing guidelines that are in place. If there is a spike in COVID numbers, emergency ordinances may have to be reactivated.

Permits for 2023 can be submitted beginning September 1, 2022.

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 the neighborhood, alcohol, or amplified sound is required to have a special event permit as well. Allow a minimum of 60 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 60 to 120 days prior to the event, depending on the complexity of the application.
  • Verify if the date is available.
  • Apply for a Special Event permit online (below)
  • Dates are secured once assigned fees are paid (Check and Credit Card accepted, no cash) and an approved permit is issued.
  • Special Event Application Fees are non-refundable. 

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