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Home > City Departments > Public Works, Parks & Streets > Division of Parks and Recreation > Park Rental and Events Permit

Park Rental and Events Permit


The City of Buffalo Division of Parks & Recreation issues numerous permits annually. As we strive to better serve the citizens of Buffalo, as well as those who visit here, efficient administration and coordination of permits continues to be our priority. Please read the below information to help with the application process.


  1. Please call (716) 851-9670 or visit the Division of Parks and Recreation office between 8am – 4pm weekdays, to make sure the date and location you request are available. Please note: Dates are not secured until payment is received. Permits are on a first come/first serve basis.
  2. Please complete the required application (see list of applications below) and return it to the Parks & Recreation office a minimum of 10 business days prior to your event with payment specified (check or money order only) payable to: CITY OF BUFFALO.
  3. Please sign and date the required Hold Harmless Agreement, which must be completed and returned to this office in order to receive permit.
  4. Permits will be mailed to you, or you may also visit our office at the following address:

City of Buffalo Division of Parks & Recreation
65 Niagara Square, City Hall - Room 505
Buffalo, NY  14202
Phone: (716) 851- 9670
Fax:  (716) 851- 5200



For new event proposals please click here for information regarding First Time Special Event Proposals.

For bounce rooms, inflatable games, pony rides, P.A. systems, etc. in parks you must apply for a Special Event Permit and notify this office at time of application, as well as provide a $1,000,000 liability insurance policy or a larger amount at the discretion of the City, with the City of Buffalo named as an additional insured.  If using a City Olmsted park, you must also include the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy as an additional insured. If this is not adhered to, we have the right to remove any of the above at your expense.

Each Group granted a permit for park use is responsible for the clean-up immediately following their event. Permit holders not complying with clean-up provisions will not be issued future permits.

FEE SCHEDULE (Non-Refundable):

If a first time Special Event is being requested, please call Arlene Mustafa at 716-851-9670

Special Events – Daily (includes runs/walks, etc.)$200.00
Special Events – Seasonal $500.00
Bandshell Rental (mobile stage) - Daily    $450.00
LaSalle Park Pavilion - Daily     $350.00
Park Green Space Permit - Daily    $35.00 
Park Shelter Permit - Daily$35.00
Park Building/Meeting Room Rental - Daily$35.00
Indoor Pool Rental - Hourly: ½ Pool Rental$40 Resident/$50 Non-Resident
Exclusive Use of Pool$50 Resident/$70 Non-Resident

For event information at the following facilities in Buffalo’s historic Olmsted Park System please call the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy at 838-1249 x’10’:

Parkside Lodge in Delaware Park
Fenced-in picnic area at Parkside Lodge
Lawn Bowling area at Parkside Lodge
Rose Garden at Delaware Park
Marcy Casino at Delaware Park   
Japanese Gardens near Historical Society in Delaware Park  
Cazenovia Park Casino

GENERAL PARK HOURS:   Open at Sunrise – Close at Sunset (unless specified on permit)


Illegal drugs or paraphernalia are not allowed. 
Conduct & Behavior:
Disorderly conduct of any type is prohibited.
Fire Arms:
Carrying or discharging of firearms is prohibited.
Noise & Music:
Unreasonably loud noise or music is prohibited.
Fires shall be allowed only at designated grills.
Dogs must be licensed and kept on leash.
Gambling is prohibited. 
Alcoholic Beverages:
Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
Commercial Enterprises:
Commercial enterprises are prohibited without a
permit issued by the Deputy Commissioner of
Parks & Recreation
Only in designated parking areas.  Illegally parked
vehicles on grass, paths or play areas will be towed.
Orders of Police and Park Officials:
Park patrons shall comply with the lawful orders of
Police Officers and Park Officials
Transference & Validity:
All permits are non-transferable and valid only for
the facilities, areas, dates, times, persons, and/or
organizations specified.