Private & Ticketed Events Permits

Bring your festival, wedding, or private event to Governors Island; GI will provide the space, you provide the party! 

A permit is required to reserve space for ticketed or private events on Governors Island. 

Please note:

  • All applicants will be charged a $26 non-refundable application fee. 
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee you will be granted a permit. 
  • Event dates and locations are only confirmed once all relevant paperwork has been received, signed and approved.
  •  Site fees and any additional costs will be determined according to the details in your application. The more detailed your application, the quicker and more accurately The Trust can estimate your costs. 
Sample Events that would require a Private & Ticketed Events permit:
  • Wedding
  • Private party
  • Product launch
  • Ticketed festival
  • Concert

Key Dates

Logistics and details of ticketed and private events are often complex. All applications must be submitted at least 21 days in advance of the planned event. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

All Completed Applications Approved
February 17, 2017
Site Visits Begin
March 20, 2107
Public Season Begins
May 1, 2017
Public Season Ends
October 1, 2017

Available Hours

Ticketed events can be held Monday-Sunday during the public season. 

Private Events can be held Monday-Friday during the public season and off-season; weekend dates for private events are limited. 

In 2017 the Island will be open to the public from May 1 - October 1. 


Available Spaces


Fill out the Private & Ticketed Permit application available below. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis however all applications must be submitted at least twenty-one (21) days in advance of the planned event. Once your permit has gone through the initial review process, TGI staff will be in touch to discuss your application within two (2) weeks.


Additional paperwork, deposit and site fee are required to complete the permit application. GI staff will request the applicant to submit the below items:

  • Certificate of Insurance that meets TGI’s requirements 
  • Signed Permit Addendum document (provided separately)
  • Operational Plan (outline provided separately) 
  • Security Deposit (TGI will let you know the amount within (2) weeks)
  • Site Fee Payment (TGI will let you know the amount within (2) weeks)

Once your permit has been approved TGI will reach out to discuss next steps, including scheduling a site visit/tour, and if applicable, confirming dates and locations/space assignments for the 2017 season.

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If you are not yet a registered user, you will be prompted to sign up before you can fill out the application.

Register & Apply For Permit


Have more questions before applying? Read through these FAQs, or check out our Rules and Regulations.

Permits are not required for small, informal gatherings that do not require reserved or private space, such as family reunions, picnics, or meet ups that take place when the Island is open to the public. Your group is welcome to come out to the Island during these days, pick a spot and enjoy all that the Island has to offer. Please see the GI Gatherings Permit for more information on small gatherings that require reserved space.

Staff from TGI will be in touch to discuss you potential program within (2) weeks of applying. Permit applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Event dates cannot be placed on hold until the initial review process has begun. Event dates and locations are only confirmed once all relevant paperwork/site fees have been received, signed and approved.

The Trust for Governors Island is not responsible for any events that take place at the National Park Service Monuments, if you would like more information about hosting an event at Fort Jay or Castle Williams, please contact the National Park Service at or call 212.825.3045.