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The NYPD requires a permit for the use of sound devices and for parades, processions, or marches. Applications for sound devices can be obtained and filed at the precinct where the prospective event is expected to take place. The NYPD reviews all parade permit applications but coordinates its efforts on a citywide-level as events often involve other City agencies. Online filing of parade applications are more efficient but also can be filed at a precinct.

Sound Device Permit

Individuals seeking a sound device permit need to file an application in the precinct where the device will be used. The NYPD defines 'sound device' as the production or reproduction of sound which can include such devices as any musical instrument, radio or television receiver, tape recorder, phonograph, or a sound amplifying system.

  • Fill out the entire application, either typewritten or printed in ink.
  • File the application in the precinct where the device is to be used.
  • The application must be filed at least five days before the day of the event.
  • A fee of $45 for the first day’s use of the permit is required upon NYPD approval of the application and receipt of the sound device permit.
  • Accepted forms of payment include a bank teller’s check, certified check, or money order payable to the New York City Police Department.
  • If the application is approved, the permit is normally ready for pick up on the day of the event or as directed by precinct staff.

Parade Permit

A permit is required to conduct a procession, parade, demonstration, or race in New York City. Although the NYPD reviews and approves or disapproves the application, the process is organized on a citywide level through the Mayor's Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management.

  • Applications are available through E-Apply where applicants must first create an online account through the City's Street Activity Permit Office. An account can also be set up through police precincts, where a Department member can assist with the application.
  • 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.