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Parade and Sound Permits

The NYPD issues parade and sound permits for events throughout New York City. A parade permit is required in order to conduct a procession, parade, or race within the city. A sound permit is issued for events that require amplified sound by a device. Sound permits will be issued by the local precincts.

Parade Permits

A permit is required to conduct a procession, parade, demonstration, or athletic event in New York City. The NYPD reviews and approves or disapproves these applications. The review process includes conferral on a citywide-level with other city agencies whose operations may be impacted by the event.

E-Apply for a Parade Permit

Applying for a Parade Permit

  • Applications are available through the E-Apply system. Applicants must first create an online account prior to submitting an application. An account can also be set up through police precincts, where a department member can assist with the application. Applicants may also complete parade permit applications at the precinct that encompasses the area where the parade will begin.
  • Applicants need to allot a reasonable amount of time for processing and are advised to submit an application nine months prior to an event if 1,000 or more individuals are expected to march.
  • Once the online application is submitted, the applicant can check status updates through the online account created.
  • If the application is made within ten days of the event, the applicant must file the request through the precinct where the parade will take place.
  • The NYPD notifies applicants by email and written communication whether the application has been approved or disapproved.
Please Note
If the procession, parade, rally, demonstration, or race begins, ends, or passes through a pedestrian plaza, you will need to obtain an additional permit through the city's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).
If the event begins, ends, or passes through a public park, you will need to obtain an additional permit through the New York City Parks Department.

Sound Permits

Applications for permits to use for sound devices can be obtained and filed at the precinct where the prospective event is expected to take place.

Download and fill out a Sound Device Application. The application must be filed at the precinct where the device is to be used no less than five days before the event. There is a $45 fee, payable by certified check or money order. If approved, permits are normally ready for pickup on the day of the event or as directed by the precinct staff.


Additional Permit Types

For more information about additional permit types, such as those for block parties, street festivals, and religious events, visit the Mayor's Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management.

Frequently Asked Questions About Permits