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.

There are different guidelines and permitting schedules based for different locations. Please follow the links to the left for more information!

To view our permit policy click here.

Helpful hints to move you through the permit process:

Securing a permit is easy! Here are a few tips:

 Check facility schedules here!.  

If you're interested in a location that is not listed, simply email your specific dates and times of interest to

Be sure to keep your requested dates within the range that is currently being permitted- each location/space has a different range.  You can find each location's specific permitting schedule by clicking the appropriate link on the left side of this page.  Remember, RIOC cannot guarantee or hold dates outside of the current permitting window.

Once you have confirmed availability either via online calendar or from staff, fill out a permit application.

Remember, the times you are permitted for are the times IN and OUT of a space. As an example: If you're permit is from 4:00PM to 6:00PM, this means setup may begin at 4:00PM and breakdown must be completed by 6:00PM.

Once a permit application is submitted, please allow up to 10 business days for processing. Applications are processed in the order they are received.

  • Attention Roosevelt Island Permit Holders: The Civic Permits reservation system is now accepting credit card payments online.
    Checks can be delivered to the Permits Department at 550 Main Street or mailed to 524 Main Street, NY, NY 10044.

 *RIOC may adjust the fee schedule and categories at its discretion.