When is a permit needed for an event in a park?

A permit from the Public Assembly Facilities Division is needed when 25 or more individuals are anticipated to attend an organized event, when electricity is needed for an event, or when items – such as: canopies/tents, film equipment, musical equipment, etc. - are placed down on city property. Typical events that would need a permit are:

  • Organized sports on Athletic Fields and Courts 
  • Road Races
  • Walk-a-thons
  • Rallies
  • Large Picnics/Reunions
  • Weddings
  • Block Parties
  • Concerts
  • Press Conferences
  • Company Outings
  • Film Shoots / Photo Shoots
  • Fundraisers

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1. Is there a fee to hold an event in a park?
2. When is a permit needed for an event in a park?
3. Can I smoke in the parks?
4. Are there any public toilet facilities?
5. Where are the trash barrels?
6. Which parks have picnic tables?
7. Can I barbecue in a park?
8. Is alcohol allowed in the park?
9. Does Portland have park rangers?
10. Can I hold a birthday party for my child in a park?
11. Is there electricity I can use in a park?
12. Can I charge admission to my event?
13. Can I play amplified music or have a band/DJ play at my event?
14. Can I serve refreshments and/or sell food at my event?
15. Can I sell merchandise or other non-food items at my event?
16. Can I reserve parking spaces for my event?
17. How do I know if my event requires police or EMS assistance?
18. Can I set up a large tent or canopy at my event?
19. How do I know if my event requires insurance?
20. Can I reserve a ballfield, basketball court or tennis court?