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IMPORTANT NOTICE: CHANGES FOR 2022
 

Beginning in January of 2022, the Office of Special Events will be introducing new pricing models for the cost of Special Event Permits. Applicants will now pay a $25.00 processing fee at application submission instead of the previous $200.00 application fee. There will now be a separate cost for the actual Special Event Permit, which will depend on a variety of factors including event classification (charitable, general, or commerical), whether an event is static or a run, walk, ride, or parade, and the type of city property used for the event. The new categories that event applications will be placed into include: 

Charitable Events – Events that are directly associated with fundraising for the entity which is established as a not-for-profit corporation and which has been granted Federal tax-exempt status. All profits from these events are donated to charity. Events that claim Charitable status may be required to identify profiting charity and percentage of proceeds donated. Applications submitted by recognized Community groups will be considered Charitable. ​Charitable events will pay a base permit fee of $75.00.

General Events - Events such as, but not limited to, music performances, exhibitions, arts and craft shows that are free and open to the public and do not constitute Charitable or Commercial Events. These events do not generate any profit and are conducted for the good of the community and for quality of life. General Events will pay a base permit fee of $200.00.

Commercial Events - Events that seek to promote, advertise, or introduce a product, corporation, company or other commercial entity to either the general public or to a portion of the general public. These events generate a profit for the applicant or sponsor and a primary purpose of the event is to make money. Commercial events will pay a base permit fee of $675.00.

The final factor in the cost of a Special Event Permit will be the type and classification of the city property used for the event. Costs will vary based on park space used (Regional vs. General), and/or roadway used. Roadway costs are dependent on the class of road way based on the Federal Highway Association (FHWA) Functional Classification System. Specific costs can be found in the "Getting Started" document available in the column to the right. 

'Mobile' events, such as runs, walks, rides, and parades, will also be categorized as Charitable, General, or Commercial, but will have their permit cost based on the property type that constitutes the majority of their route. More information on this can be found in the "Getting Started" document at right. Parades are classified separately by Chapter 470 of the Pittsburgh City Code. 

FINES: Beginning in 2022 the Office of Special Events will be instituting a series of fines that could be charged to events for various violations of permit conditions. Applicants will be given opportunities to rectify any shortcomings that could result in fines before any fines are actually imposed. Should permit violations not be rectified or mitigated, organizers will receive an invoice from the Office of Special Events will all appropriate fines. Failure to pay these penalties could result in the denial of future permits. More information on these financial penalties can be found in the "Getting Started" document at right. 

For clarity on any of the information above, please review the "Getting Started" document at right which explains the changes in greater detail. Also included in this document are costs for city services such as police coverage, barricade or traffic control rentals, medical coverage, etc. For further information, please contact the Office of Special Events at specialevents@pittsburghpa.gov



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


NOTE:
THE OFFICE IS CURRENTLY WORKING HYBRID SCHEDULES.
RESPONSES MAY BE DELAYED. 

Questions should be sent to SpecialEvents@pittsburghpa.gov for fastest response.

 



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

2022 APPLICATION PROCESSING FEE: $25.00
2022 BLOCK PARTY PERMIT FEE: $25.00
Revision Fee*: $25.00

Revision Fee: Event applications that have been reviewed and approved but then request changes that require the Special Events Committee to reopen their application file will be charged a revision fee of $25.00.

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 will 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 will not be approved and 
will not be reviewed.


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 in advance of the event date, 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.
 
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

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
Special Event Permits will be restricted in accordance with any state and local COVID-19 restrictions in place on the event date. All applications are asked to submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan that will demonstrate to the City steps organizers plan to take to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep guests safe. Pennsylvanians are encouraged to follow CDC guidance for wearing a mask where required by law, rule, and regulations, including healthcare, local business and workplace guidance. All Special Event Applicants will be asked to submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan with their application that demonstrates steps that will be taken to meet all current state and local health guidelines, provide a safe event, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please see the Important Documents section to the right for guidance on developing a Covid-19 Safety Plan. Should setbacks in the mitigation of COVID-19 occur, the Governor, Allegheny County Executive, and/or Mayor may adopt further precautionary measures to mitigate expected effects an public health disasters. Those measures may include cancelling or limiting large gatherings, and cancelling or limiting events or gatherings that require City permits. If a State / County / City order makes an event unable to occur, the event permit will be canceled. The Office of Special Events will work with any impacted applicants to reschedule their event as best as possible. 

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2022
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2022
THURSDAY, JUNE 2 through TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2022
SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2022
THURSDAY, JUNE 16 through SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2022
MONDAY, JULY 4, 2022
THURSDAY, JULY 28 through SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 through SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2022
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2022
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2022
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2022
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2022
 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2022

 
NORTH SHORE APPROVED ROUTES
While permits for events can still be written for the North Shore approved routes during the NFL, MLB, and NCAA seasons, permits cannot be written for the North Shore trails or Great Lawn on Steelers or Pitt Football game days, as well as some Pirates game days. These restrictions also apply to major stadium events such as concerts, and are subject to change. Additionally, only one event permit per day can be written for the North Shore so availability is limited. Applicants requesting to host events on the North Shore may have to wait until the NFL and NCAA Football schedules are released before event dates can be approved. 
 
EVENTS IN CITY PARKS
The City of Pittsburgh Citiparks Department has park use regulations that must be followed by all events permitted to take place in City parks. 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. Permit holders will be solely responsible for any damage done to irrigation systems or other underground systems resulting from the staking of tents or other infrastructure. 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.