Event Permits

There are a variety of public spaces where individuals or organizations can hold events in Lancaster City. A Facility/Activity Permit Application is required in order to reserve public space for an event. If just renting a pavilion in a city park, a Park Pavilion Permit Application is only required. If hosting a block party on your block, a Block Party Permit Application is required.

Facility/Activity Permit Application – If you need assistance or have any questions about event permits, contact Kayla Forgrave, Special Events Manager, at 717-291-4758 or KForgrave@cityoflancasterpa.com.

Park Pavilion Permit Application – The permit is located on the City of Lancaster’s website here. If you need assistance or have any questions about park pavilion rentals, contact Stefany Snyder, Customer Care Coordinator, at 717-291-4835 or SSnyder@cityoflancasterpa.com.

Block Party Permit Application – If you need assistance or have any questions about block parties, please contact Kayla Forgrave, Special Events Manager, at 717-291-4758 or KForgrave@cityoflancasterpa.com.

Types of events that would need permits include, but may not be limited to:

Parades
Block Parties
Concerts
Festivals
Rallies
Marches
Street Closings
Information tables/displays

The City of Lancaster’s Facility/Activity Permit Application must be used for the locations listed below. Amenities for each space are listed on the permit application.

Binns Park
Brandon Park
Buchanan Park
Crystal Park
Musser Park
Penn Square – Fulton Bank Quadrant
Penn Square – Heritage Quadrant
Reservoir Park
South End Park
Sixth Ward Park
General Street Closings

The City of Lancaster’s Park Pavilion Permit Application may be used for solely renting the pavilions at the locations below:

Buchanan Park
Reservoir Park
Sixth Ward Park
South End Park

Other Resources

Event Guidelines and Policies

Street Closure Guidelines

Map of Penn Square – Heritage Quadrant

In addition to the Permit Application, you may need to file other applications with various City Departments depending on the event. Below are additional permit applications for download and use in conjunction with the Facility/Activity Permit Application.

Traffic Control Permit Application

Noise Variance Application

Long’s Park Reservations. For those who are interested in renting a pavilion or areas at Long’s Park please contact the City of Lancaster Bureau of Operations at 717-291-4835.

Roberto Clemente Park. Rentals go through Facilities at King Elementary. Contact Linda Kerns at 717-291-6106 ext. 81501.

County Parks Information. Please call the Lancaster County Parks & Recreation Department at 717-299-8215.