I would like to plan an indoor event in Times Square. Where should I start?
There are a number of spaces available to rent for indoor events in Times Square, including theaters, ballrooms, high-tech conference rooms, elegant restaurants with panoramic neighborhood views and more. To find a space that suits your event, click here.
I would like to plan an outdoor event in Times Square. Where should I start?
Outdoor events in the city of New York require a city permit. The Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management's Street Activity Permit Office (CECM / SAPO) issues permits for street fairs, festivals, block parties, farmers’ markets, commercial/promotional and other events on New York City's streets and sidewalks. Learn more about city permits here.
Some specifics for Times Square:
- To plan an outdoor event in the Broadway Pedestrian Plazas or on streets and sidewalks in Times Square, you must file a permit with the Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management’s Street Activity Permit Office (CECM / SAPO). Click here to learn more.
- To plan an event on Father Duffy Square, you must file a permit with The New York City Parks Department. Click here to learn more.
- To plan filming in Times Square you must file a permit with The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME). Click here for more information.
What is the role of the Times Square Alliance in regards to permiting and executing an event in Times Square?
The Times Square Alliance produces major events in Times Square such as New Year's Eve, Solstice in Times Square, and Taste of Times Square while also serving as the contracted partner with the city to provide sanitation and public safety services and general programming for the neighborhood. The Alliance represents the broader interests of the neighborhood and advocates for the various businesses, employees, and residents. Having managed thousands of local events, the Alliance is also an expert on the spatial planning of events in Times Square. Therefore, the City takes into account the Alliance's assessment of an events impact when considering modifications to or approval of a pending permit request.
The CIty often consults with the Alliance and Community Board to ensure that events are adding to a positive experience for the neighbood. If an event producer repeatidly has a negative impact or interacts negatively with the community of Times Square the Alliance reports this back to the City.
The City has the final say about all event permits.
What should I do first?
The first step in the process is for you to develop your plan and file the appropriate permit with SAPO. Learn more and apply here.
It is strongly recommended that you consult with an experienced event producer when you are planning an event in Times Square. The Times Square Alliance does not perform this function. For a list of event producers who have executed events in Times Square, click here. The Alliance has worked successfully with numerous event producers and so does not make specific recommendations.
What permits do I need?
For more information about what types of permits apply and which agencies you will need to contact, visit CECM’s Frequently Asked Questions page, here.
Depending on your event, you may need supplemental permits. Some supplemental permits include Department of Health Permits for serving food, Generator Permits for the use of generator power, or Sound Permits for the use of amplified sound. The city agency that permits your event is best suited to advise you on what supplemental permits you will require.
Is my date available?
The city agency that permits your event will have information about available days.
Where can I produce an event?
Spaces usually available for events in Times Square:
The Broadway Plazas - CECM / SAPO permit required. Click here for details.
Five pedestrian plazas located between 42nd-47th Streets
- Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Streets
- Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets
- Broadway between 44th and 45th Streets
- Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets
- Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets
Duffy Square - NYC Parks Department permit required. Click here for details.
Located between 46th-47th Streets at 7th Avenue
What are the restrictions?
Different permitting agencies have different rules and restrictions. Your permitting agency can guide you and provide you with more details. Once your permit has been submitted and filed, the Times Square Alliance may be able offer guidance on the nuances of hosting an event in Times Square.
What is the cost?
The cost depends on the size, location and elements of the event you are producing. The City of New York sets the cost for events and determines if supplementary permits are needed.
How do I promote my event?
To activate a digital screen in Times Square during your event or prior to it, visit our Digital Screens and Billboards page and contact the individual sign holders.
Can I be included in your list of event producers?
Event producers who have executed successful events in Times Square can contact the Alliance at email@example.com to be included on our website.
I am a Times Square business. Can I list an event on the Times Square website?
If you have an account on the Times Square website already, click here to log in. If not, or if you have additional questions, click here or call (212) 452-5231, and further instructions will be provided.