Permits By Type

Street Activity (SAPO) / Street Teams

  • As you start the planning process, it is important to understand all “on-the-street” activities require a Street Activity Permit (SAPO).
  • Regardless the size of your street team, the material they are distributing or the number of hours they will be on the street; you must have a permit to execute.
  • EventPermits works with the city agencies and local authorities in each market to ensure your event is safe, successful and compliant with all local and federal laws.
  • Street Activities Requiring Permits
    • All Sampling
    • All Collateral Distribution including activities which fall under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
    • Free Give-Aways
    • Couponing
    • Street Theater
    • Flash Mobs
    • Scavenger Hunts

Police / NYPD

  • Many consumer, B2B and media events require alerting and the distinct cooperation of the local police, especially in New York City.
  • EventPermits can determine what your special event requires and handle the filing process.

Parks Department

  • The use of any public or privately managed park for commercial, private and non-profit events requires a permit from the Parks Department in each market.

Sampling / Soliciting

  • Regardless the size of your street team, the material they are distributing or the number of hours they will be on the street; you must have an event permit to execute.
  • EventPermits works with the city agencies and local authorities in each market to ensure your event is safe, successful and compliant with all local and federal laws.

Mobile Marketing Vehicle Parking / Production Parking

  • If your mobile marketing tour, promotion or event requires having a branded and or a production vehicle on-site, you will need permits from the various local city agencies in order to do so.

Film / Scouting

  • The experienced staff at EventPermits prides themselves in their acute knowledge of hidden gems and prime event and film locations in markets across the country.
  • With a few details about your target markets, objectives and venue needs, EventPermits will provide you with suggestions for the best possible locations in each market.

Health / Food Sampling

  • Whether you’re street team is handing out popcorn to draw consumers to a retail event or sampling a new product, you will need a number of permits from the various city agencies in order to do so.
  • Health permits often take time to requisition in almost any market you may outline for your client to sample.

DOB / Building Permit

  • New York City is one of many cities that require a permit and multiple city agency approval on any structures over a certain height.
  • Building permits often take time to requisition in almost any market you and your client are interested in holding an event.

DOT / Public Right of Way

  • In some cases closing off a lane of traffic or using part of the sidewalk to execute a special event.
  • Depending upon the circumstances of the request, several city agencies may need to issue permits and approvals.
  • Our event permits team can help determine what your special event requires and handle the filing process.

Red Carpet / Celebrity Appearance

  • If your event involves a red carpet entrance or celebrity appearance, you will need permits from the various local city agencies in order to do so.
  • Each market has guidelines and specific security requirements designed to maintain public safety as well as the safety of the celebrity you are working with.

Generator / Electrical

  • If your event requires electricity or will need a generator on-site, you will need permits from the various local city agencies in order to do so.
  • Each city has specific guidelines surrounding the use of generators and power supply cabling.

Amplified Sound

  • Permission to use amplified sound as part of a promotion or special event can be difficult to secure and is incumbent upon a number of criteria.
  • Amplified sound must be secured on a case-by-case basis in each market of interest. The more lead-time you can provide in the planning stages, the better.

Tent / Canopy

  • Tents and canopies are often considered temporary structures by most cities.
  • Depending upon their size, location and their intended use; temporary structures require permits and approvals from several city agencies.

Marine / Barges

  • The commercial or promotional use of waterways requires approvals from the local environmental authorities as well as a number of law enforcement agency approvals for security purposes.

Fireworks / Pyrotechnics

  • The use of pyrotechnics and fireworks displays can be a part of your special event with the correct permits and approvals.

Temporary Public Assembly (TPA)

  • The staging of rallies and protests – whether it’s a mock protest for promotional purposes or authentic protest – must be approved and permitted.
  • Each market has guidelines and specific security requirements relating to the preservation of civil rights and public safety issues.

Impact / Sanitation

  • The failure to clean-up and properly dispose of garbage and recycling after events can not only result in several fines and penalties, but can lead to the company and agency losing the ability to execute future events in that city.