Permitting on Roosevelt Island

The Roosevelt Island Permits Department strives to schedule opportunities for growth by permitting an array of diverse programs and events that promote recreational, community, environmental, and personal development.

Permitted locations on Roosevelt Island have different guidelines and permitting schedules. 

Helpful hints about the permit process:

Navigating the permitting process is easy- with the help of a few tips:

If you're looking to reserve a field or facility, you can check availability here.

Once you've confirmed availability, you can click one of the links above to be directed to the appropriate permit application.

Remember, the times you are permitted for are the times IN and OUT of a space.  If you're permitted from 4pm to 6pm, that means you can start setting up at 4pm, and you must be broken down and out of a space by 6pm.  

Submit a completed permit application, and allow 10 business days for processing.


ALL PERMITS REQUIRE A CERTIFICATE OF LIABILITY.  If you already have one, great!  If not, you should wait to secure one until you receive a confirmation of your request.  RIOC does not provide these certificates- an internet search for "event liability insurance" will provide guidance.  Always shop around and compare quotes.

Your certificate must have at least $1 million in general liability.

Five entities must be listed as additional insured:  RIOC, New York State, New York City, Empire State Development, NY State Housing and Community Renewal.

Cancellations and Changes to Permits:

Weather Policy- If severe weather conditions (snow storms, thunderstorms, etc) prevent the permit holder from using a permitted space, the permit holder must notify RIOC via email at least two hours prior to their scheduled start time.  The permit holder will be granted a rescheduled date.  If a suitable date cannot be determined, the permit holder may request a refund.

RIOC Cancellations/Closures- If a permitted area is deemed unusable or unsafe by RIOC, the permit holder will be notified via email and phone call.  The permit holder may request a recheduled date or an account credit.  If a suitable date cannot be determined, the permit holder may request a refund.

Changes to Requests and Permits- After a permit request has been approved and an invoice has been issued, the invoiced customer has 3 business days to submit any changes to the scheduled dates and times.  If the submitted changes are approved by RIOC, the invoice will be finalized for payment and a permit will be issued once payment and insurance is received.  NO FURTHER CHANGES OR EXCHANGES OF SCHEDULED DATES WILL BE ALLOWED TO PERMITS ONCE THEY ARE SIGNED.  Permit holders must submit a new application for any new dates needed.