DPR Athletic Permits
The Department of Parks and Recreation's (DPR) Athletic Permits Office handles all permit applications for the athletic use of its ball fields, and basketball courts. To submit an athletic facility permit request please complete the online permit application.
Athletic Facility Locations
Seasonal and Renovation Closures
Your preferred location may be offline temporarily or on a long-term basis due to inclement weather, renovation, or seasonal closure.
- Please review the Athletic Field Information Page for field closure information.
- Natural turf fields are offline from the Friday before Thanksgiving until the third Friday in March.
- Artificial (synthetic) fields and indoor basketball courts/gyms are available year round.
Athletic Permit Application Period
DPR generally permits its ball fields and basketball courts on a seasonal basis. DPR has three scheduling seasons: Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer. Prior to each scheduling season, DPR will publish a time period, or “permit window,” during which the agency will accept athletic permit applications. The latest seasonal athletic permit information is listed below. Please note: DPR handles late requests for fields and gyms in the order in which they are received.
- Season Duration: September 2, 2013–March 21, 2014
- Permit Application Period: June 3 - 21, 2013
- Application Deadline: 11:59 pm, June 21, 2013
- Notifications of Availability: Week of August 5, 2013
- Season Duration: March 22, 2014–August 22, 2014
- Permit Window: December 9, 2013–January 3, 2014
- Application Deadline: 11:59 pm–January 3, 2014
- Notifications of Availability: Week of January 27, 2014
NOTE: Natural turf fields are offline from the Friday before Thanksgiving until the third Friday in March.
Permit Issuance Priority
Provided that the application is timely, DPR will, in scheduling its fields and gymnasiums for the permitting season, award permits in the following order:
- DPR Programs
- DC Public Schools and Public Charter Schools
- DPR Partners (Organizations that have executed a DPR Partnership Agreement)
- Private Youth Leagues and Teams
- Private Adult Leagues
Prospective permit holders must pay two weeks after receiving email confirmation of the availability of their field or gym. In order to cover incidental costs associated with late permits, DPR will charge a permit holder a fee equal to 15% of the total cost of the permit for any payment that arrives past the two week deadline. DPR reserves the right to cancel any athletic permit for which it has not received payment after the two-week deadline.
The DPR permit office is located at 1250 U St., NW, Washington, DC 20009. The office hours are as follows:
- Monday – Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
- Walk-Ins: Customers may drop off permit applications or submit payments any weekday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. For general concerns, questions, or comments, the office will provide walk-in hours from 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
- Customers who wish to discuss any permit issues (Approval, Denial, Pending Request,) or general questions concerning a permit can schedule a meeting or conference call (202) 671-2597 or email: DPRpermits@dc.gov.