1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
Any permit to use a park facility that is not a picnic, wedding, gym, or ballfield permit is a Special Use permit.
A permit is required by city code when:
The use is for an organized entertainment/event, demonstration, or public gathering as defined in Chapter 20.08.010 of the City Code.
A picnic, ballfield, or wedding requires a Special Use permit when:
A single event is defined as:
To secure a Special Use Permit, the application and an application fee must be submitted to the Portland Parks & Recreation Customer Service Center. Application may be made in person at:
Customer Service Center
111 SW Columbia Street - Suite 660, Portland, Oregon 97201
Monday- Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Applications may also be submitted by calling 503-823-2525, from 8:30am to 5:00pm.
Public Events Coordinator, 503-865-2375
Public Events Assistant, 503-865-2376
Application processing fees are required to process and issue a Special Use Permit. To begin processing a Special Use Permit, the application must include the appropriate processing fee.
|Notification Time||Rate 1 A-J||Rate 2||Rate 3||Rate 4||Rate 5|
|More than 30 days notification||$133||$212||$345||$345||$345|
|30 days or less notification||$266||$425||$690||$690||$690|
|10 days of less notification||$532||$850||$1,380||$1,380||$1,380|
|Explanation of Rates|
|Rate 1||No sales, admission fees, concessions, entry fees, pledges or donations of any kind.
Runs/Walks where no donations are solicited and no entry fee is charged to participate.
|Rate 2||Closed to the public, with or without a fee (i.e., catered private parties, private fundraisers, conventions, etc.)|
|Rate 3||Commercial: the purpose of the event is to distribute information and/or introduce a product that may result in present or future donations or sales.
Sales: Events where concessions, and/or sales are part of the event.
Runs, Walks, Contests where entry fees are charged in order to participate and the end event is combined with a festival type event (beer gardens, band, or similar activity).
|Rate 4||Runs/Walks/Contests where entry fees are charged in order to participate and race memorabilia may be sold on site. Race memorabilia is limited to T-shirts/sweatshirts or other race-related items which have a per item cost of $25.00 or less.|
|Rate 5||Limited Access/Entrance Fees: These are events that totally fence the area and charge an admission fee.|
|Note: If an event falls into more than one rate category, the higher fee will apply.|
All policies found in the Special Event/Special Use Permit Manual apply in addition to those which are unique to major parks.
Minor parks will only be considered for a special use permit, if in the opinion of Portland Parks and Recreation, the event requesting the site will not adversely impact either the park or the surrounding neighborhood. If approved, only one special use permit will be allowed per date.
|Rate 1 - Rental Fees based on attendance|
|Rate 2 Special use for Private Events
A permitted activity in a park where only specific guests or attendees are allowed to access the event area.
|General||Closed to the public, with or without a fee (i.e., catered private parties, private fundraisers, conventions, etc. Does not include downtown destination parks. See Downtown Destination Parks.)||$1,295|
|Closure||Closure of a park (or their fountains including shut off) during the event season (Memorial Day – September 30) is automatically charged at three times the current rate. See definitions.||$3,881|
|Ankeny Pavilion, Bill Naito Legacy Fountain and Plaza, Jamison Square, Ira Keller Fountain, The Fields, Lovejoy Fountain, and Waterfront Park) Closed to the public, with or without a fee (i.e., catered private parties, private fundraisers, conventions,
Fountain shut off
|Closure of a park (or their fountains including shut off) during the event season (Memorial Day through Sept 30) is automatically charged at three times the current rate. See definitions.||$7,615|
|Rental Fees - Special use for Public Events|
|Location||Rate 1||Rate 3||Rate 4||Rate 5|
|Major Parks - except ones listed below||Based on attendance. See Rate 1 table.||$2,676||$345+$.60/participant||3x Rate 3 $8,029|
|Minor Parks||Based on attendance. See Rate 1 table.||$1,338||$345+$.60/participant||Not Allowed|
|Mt. Tabor / Cathedral Park Amphitheaters||$612 / $650||$2,676||$612 / $650 or
whichever is higher
|3x Rate 3 $8,029|
|Washington Park Amphitheater||$1900||$2,676||$1,900 or
$345+$.60/participant, whichever is higher
|3x Rate 3 $8,029|
|WFP A - North of Burnside Bridge||Based on attendance.||Not Allowed||Not Allowed||Not Allowed|
|WFP B - Mast to Burnside Bridge||Based on attendance.||$2,676 per section||$345+$.60/participant||3x Rate 3 $8,029|
|WFP C - Morrison Bridge to Mast|
|WFP D - Fountain to Morrison Bridge|
|WFP E - Riverplace to Hawthorne Bridge|
|WFP E1 - Hawthorne Bridge to McCall|
Bridge Area Event Days - $531
Rate 5 - $8,029
Load-in and Load-out Day fees