KC Parks issues permits for various events and activities held in public parks throughout the city. For a complete list of parks, visit the All Parks page.
Per City of Kansas City, Missouri Ordinance 50-163, business cannot be conducted on Park or City property without a permit from the appropriate Board.
All park permit requests must be submitted to KC Parks at least 30 days prior to the event for a general permit and at least 90 days in advance for a specific permit (see Park Event Permit Fees for descriptions). Requests will not be considered if enough notice is not given.
Your event may require more than just a Parks permit. Download an KC Parks Event Permit Checklist for a listing of other City departments, types of permits they handle and phone numbers.
Loose Park Event Permits (except photo shoots)
To reserve the Loose Park shelter, the Rose Garden for a wedding, the pond area for a wedding, anything within Loose Park other than a photo shoot, please contact the Loose Park Garden Center, 816-513-8590.
A permit is required for still and video commercial shoots and professional photographers who are conducting business on public property. If the photos are for a permitted event in the park, no additional Photo/Film permit is required. If you are shooting for personal use, you do not need a permit. You will need a permit if your shooting will impact others and/or the environment or if you are using the public space in a special/different way than it is intended (ie. as a studio or set). Permit fees and insurance needs will be determined upon review of the completed request form.
For more information about commercial filming in the Kansas City area, contact the Film Commission of Great Kansas City.
KC Parks Show Wagon
The Show Wagon portable stage is available for rent. Fee is $300 for set up with a 4-hour minimum at $100/hour ($700); then $100/hour for additional hours. For information about renting the Show Wagon, call 816-513-8931.
The following guidelines are to be adhered to when a geocache is proposed to be placed on park property:
Sidewalk Cafe Permits
Kansas City is proud of its unique and beautiful boulevards and parkways. The historic system is a defining feature of our city’s character. Protecting our identity, while allowing the Boulevard and Parkway network to respond to the needs of the community, is a priority. The Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners take seriously its responsibility to balance appropriate land uses and restrictions in order to maintain integrity of our system and adherence to George Kessler’s vision. For more detailed information, download our KC Parks Cafe Permits Guidelines.
Download our Parks Vending Permits & Healthy Vending Guidelines.