Permits & Rentals

Outdoor Special Events

If you are interested in holding a small to medium sized event in a City of Toronto park please review the following criteria and process prior to applying for a special event permit.

What would be considered a special event?

To hold a special event in any one of our City of Toronto parklands your organization is required to be a registered non-profit organization. Your group will be required to provide the City of Toronto with your charitable donation number or 'letters of patent' showing your registered non-profit status.

The event itself is required to be open to the public, non-profit; non-promotional. The purpose of your event cannot be for profit or promotion. Events are also not permitted to be private. All events are required to be open for the general public to attend free of charge.

An event is deemed a Special event irrespective of anticipated attendance, if one or more of the following is true:

  1. The event will be selling or serving food to the public
  2. The event will be using sound amplification (speakers, mega phone)
  3. The event will require the construction /installation of tents, or stages
  4. The event will be serving or selling alcohol
  5. The event will use a hot air balloon
  6. The event will have amusement type rides and games ie. Bouncing castle
  7. The event is accepting donations, fundraising, running a lottery, draw or raffle
  8. Fireworks
  9. The use of generator(s) in the park

All Events During an Election Year Must Remain Non-partisan

All events in the City of Toronto facilities are required to be non-partisan during an election year. Events will not be permitted to display and or hand out any political and/or campaign material(s) during events. This policy applies to all three levels of government. For further reference to Election Year Policies, please review the City of Toronto Policy on Use of City Resources during an Election.

Permit Information


Application Deadline:

8 weeks prior to the event date (minimum requirement)

Permit Season:

All year; 6:00am to 11:00pm

Facility Listings:

Toronto Parks

Rates:

Outdoor event permit rates are based on the attendance of your event. Set-up and clean-up fees may be applied and a damage deposit may be required for events.


Note: If you are organizing a major event on City property the Event Support can assist.

All events in the City of Toronto facilities are required to be non-partisan during an election year. Events will not be permitted to display and or hand out any political and/or campaign material(s) during events. This policy applies to all three levels of government. For further reference to Election Year Policies, please review the City of Toronto Policy on Use of City Resources during an Election.

To hold a special event in any of our City of Toronto parks your event must be;

  • Open to the public
  • Deemed non-profit by letters patent, or a registered charitable number
  • A non-promotional activity
  • Events are required to be free of charge to the public
  • Recreation programs or events sponsored by community non-profit groups
  • Community Service programs or events local in nature to the benefit of residents of the City of Toronto

Read the Special Events Guidelines for City Parklands for more information.

Application for a Special Event in a City Park or Facility

   Apply to:

Toronto City Hall 
PERMITS, Parks, Forestry & Recreation
100 Queen Street West, Main Floor East Tower
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Fax: 416-392-1551