Reservations, Rentals & Permits

Reservations and Permits

A permit is required for any organized event at any City of Charleston park, facility, or field. Permits are subject to approval. 

Any event that expects a large crowd, impact on the neighborhood, request for a street blockage or parade, alcohol, or amplified sound is required to have a special event permit.  Special event permitting has policies and standards that went into effect in 2010. Depending on the complexity of the event, applications are due 60-120 days prior to the date of the event. 

Attendee Limits

Events (including weddings) held at the Waterfront Park or at White Point Garden are limited to 25 people, in total, at the event (This includes the bride and groom).


Fees for the permit are based on the complexity of the event.


  1. Contact the City of Charleston Recreation Department at 843-724-7327 at least 14 business days prior to the event. Some events are required to submit a special event permit 45 to 120 days prior to the event depending on the complexity of the application.
  2. Verify if the date is available.
  3. Apply for a permit at:
    823 Meeting Street
    Charleston, SC 29403
  4. Dates are secured once assigned fees are paid (check and credit card accepted, no cash) and an approved permit is issued.