Division of Special Events

Organizations, churches, schools or individuals can apply for use of City property for special events such as reunions, birthday parties, photo shoots, or weddings and other ceremonies. These locations may have capacity, time, and/or food and beverage restrictions and the hiring of security may be required as a condition of permit eligibility.

In order to have an event considered for a permit, a completed application can be faxed or dropped off. Completed applications must be received fourteen days prior to the event. Organizations hosting large scale events that require a variety of City services should contact the Office of Special Events (contact info above). Organizations hosting activities which are open to the public may have the event details and contact information published on the City's calendar through the Division of Special Events and Marketing.

The Division of Special Events and Marketing issues special-use permit applications for the following City-owned properties:

Parks and Playgrounds West Side Market
Cemeteries Public Square Quadrants
Parking Facilities Rockefeller Park Greenhouse
Historic Coast Guard Station Cleveland Cultural Gardens

Permit Applications

Reserve the City Hall Rotunda

Hosting a special event? Reserve the City Hall Rotunda after normal business hours and on weekends. To obtain a permit, please review and complete the forms below:

Filming in Cleveland

216.623.3910 - Greater Cleveland Film Commission Website

The Division of Special Events works directly with the Greater Cleveland Film Commission on all commercial film, television, video, and photography projects conducted within the City of Cleveland.

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission helps facilitate the ongoing promotion and production of film, television and other related media within North East Ohio. Established in 1998, the commission has helped the local community host films including The Soloist(DreamWorks S.KG., 2009), Spider Man 3 (Sony, 2007), Against the Ropes (Cort/Madden Productions, 2004), American Splendor (Good Machine, 2003), Welcome to Collinwood (Warner Bros. Pictures, 2002), and Antwone Fisher (Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2002).

North East Ohio is an ideal location for film production. Cleveland is centrally located between Chicago, Pittsburgh and New York on the coast of Lake Erie, and along the Cuyahoga River. The area celebrates four beautiful seasons and offers a unique variety of locations, including period-designed city architecture and a wide array of scenic neighborhoods ranging from mansions to Amish Country.

Photography and TV/Film Permit Application