Parks & Squares Rental

Thank you for your interest in hosting your event in Savannah.  Mayor Van Johnson issued an Executive Order on Tuesday, August 24th, 2021 cancelling all events on City of Savannah property, with the exception of weddings, through the end of September 2021.  This Order was issued in response to the growing number of COVID cases in our community.

If you have an event permitted through the Office of Special Events, Film, and Tourism during the month of September, you will have the opportunity to either reschedule your event or be reimbursed in full for any payments made to the City of Savannah.

Please contact the office at (912) 351-3837 for more information on these changes.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Permit applications for parks, squares, runs, parades or any other event (except film) in the public right-of-way must be received no later than 90 days from the date of the event. Application submittal DOES NOT indicate approval.

City Square

The City of Savannah’s parks and historic squares can be rented for various special events, such as weddings and parties.

For more information, please call 912-351-3837.


PLANNING A WEDDING? -
Do I need a permit?
If you are planning a wedding in one of Savannah’s beautiful squares, you may not need a permit after all. A permit is good to have if you are having a medium to large size wedding with chairs, aisle runner, etc. Also, you will want a permit if you are concerned about other park-goers being in the immediate vicinity of your wedding. When you get a permit, you will also have to hire security to keep others out of your permitted area. This is an extra cost.

If you are planning a small wedding with fewer than twenty people, you will probably be able to do so without a permit. Activities in the squares happen on a first-come, first-served basis. So, if it’s just you, your spouse-to-be and maybe your dog, parents or grandparents, you probably don’t need a permit.

Do I need a permit to secure space in a square? 
Yes. This is the only way to ensure that no one will be in area of your wedding.

Do I need a permit to get married in a square?
 Not necessarily. If it’s a small wedding or elopement, you can get married without a permit.

Can I just go to a square with my spouse-to-be, dog and a few friends and get married without a permit? 
Yes. As long as you are not infringing on the use of the squares by others, you are free to get married in a square.

All squares, except for Ellis Square, are open to weddings.

Can I set up chairs, tables, tents, and decorations in a park or square?
Yes, anything set up in the parks and squares requires a permit. Chairs may be set up for the elderly and handicapped without requiring a permit.

Applications for events will not be accepted prior to one calendar year before the first BUSINESS day of the month in which the event is scheduled. For example:
Event Date: June 15, 2020
Earliest Date Application Accepted: June 3, 2019 is the first business day of June 2019

Application: Public Assembly Permit
 If you’re planning a private event, parade or gathering in a City park or square, complete and submit this application.

Policy and Fees: Private Events in Parks and Squares This document outlines the fees, rules and guidelines associated with holding a private event in a City park or square.