How Do I
How does my production company get a film permit in Tampa?
Whether you're planning to produce a music video, feature film, have a
student project to complete, or are simply planning a still photography
shoot on city property you will need to obtain a Film Permit from the
Tampa Bay Film Commission.
For filming/photography in public parks, you will need to contact the
Office of Special Events Office (813) 274-7723 to receive permission
prior to contacting the Tampa Bay Film Commission.
How do I know if I need a Special Event Permit?
A Special Event Permit is required when an event producer plans a
celebration, festival, fair, carnival or similar local special event
which is held wholly or partially upon a street, and the participants
need variations to the normal or usual traffic regulations or controls.
In other words, if your event will require street closures or the use
of traffic control for any part of your event, you are required to
submit an application for a Special Event Permit. A Special Event Permit is also required when an event is requested to
occur at a City of Tampa park and which is expected to have 200
or more participants.
The Office of Special Events is responsible for coordination of all
Special Event Permits within the City of Tampa. All street closures are
approved and coordinated through the Office of Special Events.
- Responsible for all street closures, block parties, parades and
other events involving City right-of-way, Parks and city owned
- Obtains the required State Road, CSX Railroad and Coast Guard
- Coordinates use of Park facilities for events
Do I need a permit if my activity does fit the criteria above?
A Facility Use Permit may be obtained from the
Tampa Parks and Recreation Department and is required:
- To rent a
picnic shelter or gazebo
- To rent a community center
- To rent
Ragan Community Center or
- For a proposed activity desiring to reserve use of a recreational
- For any event taking place in a city park with an estimated number of
participants and spectators of 50 or more
- For a proposed activity that include organized athletics or a
- For a proposed activity that includes commercial activity (Please note:
Only available to non-profit organization)
How do I begin the process of getting a Special Event Permit?
If your event involves the use of a City Park, you will need to complete the
Basic and Additional Application forms and relevant packets within the
60-Day Application Deadline.
First time events should provide at least six months advance notice to
insure adequate planning time.
If your event involves a street closure (for a block party, parade, run,
etc.) you should complete the Basic and Additional Application forms and
relevant packets within the 90-Day Application Deadline.
First time events should provide at least twelve months advance notice to insure
adequate planning time.
If your event involves a request for City Co-sponsorship (for any aspect of
your event) you should complete the Basic and Additional Application forms and
relevant packets PLUS the application for Co-sponsorship form within the
90-Day Application Deadline.
Where will I find the Application Forms and Packets? You can refer to
the page, Knowing What Special Event
Forms and Planning Packets to Complete.
Please thoroughly read all applicable instructions, answer all the questions, and
submit all the documents required for us to process the application.
Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted and will delay processing.
Can I promote my event before I get a permit?
Please do not publicize your event if you've only filed an
Filing an application does not guarantee approval
of your event. The application(s)
and map(s) must be approved - prior to your
promoting the event through distributing flyers, notifying the press, contacting the media, or promoting
your event by word-of-mouth.
How do I decide which Park will be best for my Special Event?
Parks that have shelters which can be rented are considered "Special Event
Parks." These parks include: Al Lopez Park, Ballast Point Park, Copeland
Park, Lowry Park, Macfarlane Park, Picnic Island Park, and Rowlett Park.
Although each of these parks have shelters you can rent, you need to determine
if the park you select has enough parking to accommodate your anticipated
If you're having a small-scale neighborhood event or a private function (like
a small wedding), you may opt to use one of our smaller neighborhood parks, or
ones that have gazebos.
Where can I get a Application Packet?
We have provided a brief description and link to each application on our
Knowing What Special Event Application and
Planning Forms to Complete page. Additionally, we have a quick
reference to all the applications on the
Online Index of Documents and the
Event Planning Resources, provides instructions for your insurance agent as
well as a complete list of important phone numbers and contacts. You can also
I want to have a moon bounce at the park in conjunction with my picnic
shelter rental. What do I have to do?
Moon bounces are limited to one per
shelter rental and may not exceed the following dimensions (20' length, 20'
width, 17' height). Moon bounces companies must have a current certificate
insurance on file, naming the City as an additional insured.
Moon Bounce Insurance Information.
Do you have any other locations where I can hold a wedding or wedding
Yes, you may opt to rent the
Ragan Community Center
Center. If you can't find a suitable
date at either location, you can take a look at our other
Ragan and Seminole are the only facilities rented through the Office of Special
Events. The other Community Centers are rented by the on-site staff at
How do I rent a picnic shelter?
The following parks have shelters you can rent for a family picnic or office
get together. These parks include:
Al Lopez Park
Ballast Point Park
Cypress Point Park
Fred Ball Park Gazebo
Picnic Island Park Beach
Sulphur Springs Park
Take a look at the park, find a shelter that will fit your group size, and call
the Reservation Office at 274-8184 to check availability.
If you can't find a facility here, you can
also link to
Hillsborough County Facility Rental