Permits are required for local or large parades and protests.
- A local event is defined as an event with fewer than 1,000 expected participants that is not located on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
- A large event is defined as an event with more than 1,000 expected participants, or any event on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
You must submit a notarized permit application at least two weeks before the event. You can mail the application if there is enough time, or you can drop it off Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM, at the following address:
Investigation Review Section
300 Gold Street, Room 305
Brooklyn, NY 11201
If your event requires a loud speaker, megaphone, or other sound device, you will also need a Sound Device Permit. Submit the Sound Device Permit application at the local precinct where the event will take place. The fee for the Application for Sound Device Permit starts at $45 but varies based on the number of days you need it.
Application forms and additional information for parade, protest, and sound device permits are available online and in person at any police precinct.
Learn more about parade and protest permits and get application forms.