Special Event Applications

NOTICE – NYS Re-Opening Plan: As of February 24, 2021

In light of the Executive Orders issued by Governor Cuomo in response to COVID-19, the Town of East Hampton is only processing Special Event Permits that comply with the official guidance issued by New York State. To-date, Special Event Permits have been issued for farmers’ markets as well as for outdoor, low-risk recreational activities and businesses.

Most frequently requested information related to Special Events:

Special Events on Beaches

The current Interim Guidance for Lake and Ocean Beach Activities during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency is available at: Statewide Guidelines | New York Forward (ny.gov).  

Among other prohibitions, the Interim Guidance limits all beaches to 50% capacity and bans “large gatherings, picnics, and beach parties.”

The Interim Guidance remains in effect during the new year. Therefore, the Town is not in a position to issue Special Event Permits for any event on the beach including catered events, regardless of their size.  Please note that these guidelines have not been updated for the 2021 season and may change.

Special Events at Residences

Under the current series of statewide executive orders issued by Governor Cuomo, indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to no more than 10 people. Therefore the Town is currently unable to issue Residential Special Event Permits for gatherings that exceed 10 people.

A Special Event Permit is not required for a gathering at a residence if the following four conditions are met: the gathering is limited to no more than 10 people, outdoor music will be turned off by 9 P.M., cars will be parked on the residential property, and no tent will be erected. If one or more conditions can’t be met, a Special Event permit is required.


Special Events on Public Property

Pursuant to Executive Order 202.45, all non-essential gatherings on public property are limited to no more than 50 people, so long as appropriate social distancing and face covering requirements are followed.  It should be noted that reservations are not being taken for Town picnic areas and Fort Pond House at this time.

Wedding Receptions

Under the most recent statewide executive order issued by Governor Cuomo on January 29, 2021, commercial (non-residential) wedding receptions will be able to resume in accordance with state guidance on March 15, 2021. Venues are required to notify the local health department of large events that exceed the non-essential gathering limitation. There will be a fifty percent capacity limit at such events and no more than 150 people may attend.  Finally, the executive order requires that all wedding attendees be tested for COVID-19 prior to the event.  Please be advised that the Town is currently unable to issue Special Event Permits for such events. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-additional-re-opening-guidance-several-industries-new-yorks


For additional guidance, visit the Empire State Development website under "Guidance on Essential Businesses" at https://esd.ny.gov/

Special Event Applications

The Special Events Application Form is required for any special event as defined in the East Hampton Town Code Chapter 151 Special Events Permits https://www.ecode360.com/9230260

The standard application form is for events that fall into the following five categories – Residential, Commercial, Public Property (such as public park, beach, or other property which is open to the public), Parade/Walk-Run and Art Sale:

A short form is now available for catered events on public property of less than 50 people if certain conditions are met:

 For a list of all fees pertaining to special events, please refer to the fee schedule below. These fees will be required to apply for and process a permit for a special event(Checks should be made payable to: Town of East Hampton.) Fees not paid at the time the application is submitted, will result in a delay in processing the application.

Special Event applications should be submitted to the Town Clerk, in person or by mail.

Applications for events involving one to 100 participants, must be submitted at least 14 days before the event; for events involving 101 to 249 participants, the application must be submitted at least 30 days before the event; and for events involving 250 or more participants, the applications must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the event. For each application, the Town Clerk has the discretion to waive the submission deadline.

Once an application is deemed complete, it is reviewed by the Special Events Committee who has the authority to issue or deny a permit.

Members of the committee include:

  • EHTPD Chief Michael Sarlo
  • Chief Fire Marshall Dave Browne
  • Clerk of the Trustees Francis Bock
  • Superintendent of Recreation John Rooney
  • Councilman Jeffrey Bragman
  • Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez

Ex Officio

  • Town Clerk Carole Brennan
  • Legislative Secretary Gabriella Gelir
  • Representative from Town Attorney’s Office

It should be noted that a Special Events Application is deemed complete upon receipt of a completed application form, any and all applicable fees and a certificate of insurance and indemnification agreement pursuant to § 151-16.