Minneapolis Regional Parks offer great places for wholesome, healthy outdoor recreation and entertainment special events, such as walks, runs, art fairs and fundraisers.

Use & Event Permits

You will need to obtain a permit to use park land and facilities for a special event at least 10 days before the event.

Schedule of Fees [PDF]

Returning Event Permits

You may apply for a permit to reserve the same event beginning 365 days prior to the proposed event date. Review, complete, and submit the appropriate application for your event: 

2018 Application [PDF]
For returning events that have taken place between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

2019 Application [PDF]
For returning events that have taken place between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

New Event Permits

You may apply for a permit to host an event beginning 335 days prior to the proposed event date. Review, complete, and submit the appropriate application for your event: 

2018 Application [PDF]

2019 Application [PDF]

Submit completed applications in person or by mail to:

Special Events Permit Office
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
2117 West River Road
Minneapolis MN 55411

Facilities Use Permits

Permit process and application to bring anything to a park that is not natural to the park area, such as tents, amplification, dumpster, moving van, etc.

Facilities Use Permit Application [PDF]

Parkway Use Permits

Permit to drive a bus, truck, limousine, trolley or horse and carriage on MPRB parkways.

Parkways Use Permit Application [PDF]

Recreation Center Rentals

Host your birthday party, baby or wedding shower, seminar, corporate meeting, holiday celebration or any other special event at a recreation center.

Room Rentals: Call the recreation center directly to reserve space for a meeting or special event. Fee Schedules and Procedures [PDF] Application [PDF]

Call 612-230-6400 for help locating a recreation center with specific amenities.

Dog Park Permits

Off-Leash Dog Park Permit

You need to buy a permit before you bring your dog(s) to an Off-Leash Dog Park.

Your permit is valid at all seven dog parks.

Minneapolis residents must get a City of Minneapolis Pet License for each dog before applying for an Off-Leash Permit.

You must vaccinate your dog(s) for rabies before buying an Off-Leash Dog Park Permit.

How to Buy a Dog Park Permit Online

Effective 2018, there will be an interim process in place to purchase annual off-leash permits.

The interim system for purchasing permits will be done through our Active Communities system, the same system used for program registrations, gift card sales, and most other transactions with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.

Options to Renew or Purchase

  • Online:
    • Visit our Active Communities website
    • Log in to the Active Communities site or create an account (top right of webpage)
    • On the top menu bar, click on Passes
    • On the list of passes, locate Annual Off-Leash Permit and select the option that applies to your request; click Add to Cart
    • Follow prompts to enter the Minneapolis Pet License information (applicable only for Minneapolis residents), and then Proceed to Checkout
      • Form of payment: All major credit cards accepted

Permit Fees

Annual Permit

Minneapolis Residents
$35 first dog
$25 each additional dog

Non-Minneapolis Residents
$60 first dog
$35 each additional dog

Daily Permit

Residents/Non-Residents
$5 for each dog

You may also call or visit Park Board Headquarters to buy a permit.

Or, complete and submit a permit application [PDF] with payment by mail.

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