Welcome to EventApp Pittsburgh!

The Office of Special Events is the official event and film production permitting & management office for the City of Pittsburgh.
 

Office of Special Events Hours:
8:00am-4:45pm EST Monday- Friday

 

To support the city’s rapidly growing event industry, the Office of Special Events has streamlined the permitting process for event organizers with the launch of our new online application software: EventApp Pittsburgh.  In addition to streamlining the permitting process for events in the City of Pittsburgh, the Office of Special Events will also be responsible for the following:
 
  • Issuing permits to events on public property in the City of Pittsburgh.
  • Facilitating communication between event organizers and city departments and authorities.
  • Handling cost recovery efforts for City services related to event needs.
  • Handling permitting for block-parties and community festivals in addition to special events.
  • Producing a wide array of in-house events that are either free or low-cost to the general public.
Before you get started, please download and review the Getting Started document to your right. You will find the necessary guidelines and helpful information for hosting an event in the City of Pittsburgh, as well as costs associated with various City services. All supplementary forms you will need to continue can be found to your right as well.
 
We know you have a choice to host your event anywhere and we thank you for choosing the City of Pittsburgh as the location for your event. Have an amazing time!


Application Fees & Submittal Deadlines:
Permit applications for all Special Events, including First Amendment Activity not responding to current events, must be submitted to the Office of Special Events at least fourteen (14) business days and not more than one hundred eighty (180) business days before the date and time at which the Event is proposed to commence. Applications submitted less than fourteen (14) business days before the event start date may not be approved and will not be reviewed.

Permit applications for Block Parties and Portico Free Speech events must be submitted to the Office of Special Events at least seven (7) business days before the date and time at which the Block Party is to commence. Applications submitted less than seven (7) business days before the event start date may not be approved and 
will not be reviewed.

Application fees for 2018 for Special Event Permits are $125.00
Block Party permits for 2018 cost $25.00

 
Fees for both permits will be billed following application submittal.
 
It is strongly recommended that organizers submit their applications as early as possible to allow adequate time for coordination of City services and to lock in their location and date.
 
Applications will be evaluated within seven (7) business days of receipt by the City of a completed application. For Events requested at least forty-five (45) days ahead, the Office of Special Events reserves the right to respond within fourteen (14) business days.
 
Please be advised that any applications or documents submitted past close of business (4:45PM EST) on any given day will not be counted as RECEIVED until the next business day. Example: an application submitted on a Tuesday at 5:15PM EST will be counted as “received” on Wednesday. Applications submitted after 4:45PM EST on a Friday will be considered received the following business day.
 
NOTE: ALL APPLICATIONS REQUIRE A CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE IN WHICH THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH IS LISTED AS AN ADDITIONAL INSURED. PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS ON YOUR CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE:

 
 CITY OF PITTSBURGH
OFFICE OF SPECIAL EVENTS
414 GRANT STREET ROOM 462
PITTSBURGH, PA 15219
 
ALERTS

HIGH VOLUME EVENT DATE ALERT
Due to a high volume of large-profile events occuring on certain days, the Office of Special Events & Special Events Committee may not be able to approve any further permits on these days that could place further strain on Public Safety resources. It is strongly suggested that event permit applicants avoid the dates listed below as a potential event dates when submitting applications, or understand that their application may not be able to be approved:

SUNDAY, MAY 6 2018
SATURDAY, JUNE 2 2018
SUNDAY, JUNE 10 2018
SATURDAY, JUNE 30 2018
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 2018
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 2018
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2018
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2018

 
NORTH SHORE: FOOTBALL SEASON
While permits for events can still be written for the North Shore approved routes during the NFL & NCAA seasons, permits cannot be written for the North Shore trails or Great Lawn on Steelers or Pitt Football game days. These restrictions also apply to major stadium events such as concerts, and are subject to change.
 
EVENTS IN CITY PARKS
The City of Pittsburgh Citiparks Department has instituted new rules and regulations regarding events in parks in 2017. Among those is a policy to not allow the staking of tents or large infrastructure in parks. This policy must be adhered to by all event permit holders. Please see the Citiparks Park Use Policy document in the Supporting Documents section for more details. Note: Point State Park is a state park, please contact them directly for park use guidelines.