During the COVID-19 Maryland State of Emergency, the Fall Field and Building Guidance has been developed for permit applicants that request use of a Baltimore City Public Schools facility or field space. This covers protocol, process, and responsibilities.
At this point in time, no permits will be issued for any non-child care events/activities occurring inside the building. This includes but is not limited to external/partner sports leagues, community meetings/gatherings and worship services. However, permits for certain events/activities occurring outside the building can be requested.
What events qualify for permits?
An event qualifies for a permit if it is
*Elected officials are welcome to come into schools as part of their official responsibilities, and media may cover these visits. Visits should not be conducted as part of a political campaign. Also, elected officials may appear at school facilities at the invitation of the principal/designee for the purpose of instruction or clarification of public issues.
What events or activities are not allowed?
If your event does not fit within these parameters, you have the option of requesting for a waiver of School Board Policy from the Board of School Commissioners in accordance with Board Policy BGF. Your written waiver request should be filed at least 60 days prior to your event date. Please see Board Policy BGF for the waiver details.
What is the difference between a permit and a lease?
Generally, a permit is required for a single day or multiple day event utilizing shared space. A lease is needed if use of exclusive space within the building or the entire building for an extended period of time greater than 1 year.
If you are requesting a lease, memorandum of understanding, or right of entry, you may not use the electronic request form. You must use the paper Space and Use Agreement form.
How do I get an event permit using the paper/PDF form?
How do I get a lease, memorandum of understanding, or right of entry?
How can a company get permission to install a wireless antenna on school property?
Do I have to pay fees?
It depends. Fees are divided into categories covering building use, staffing that may be required (e.g., school police, custodian), and surcharges (e.g., for turf fields or use of stadium lights for athletic activities). Please refer to the fee schedule for more details. Please note that in cases where fees are payable, no waivers will be granted.
Can I make a donation to the school instead of paying a fee?
No, making a donation or contribution to the school will not help with issuing your permit, and will not affect the amount of the fee charged.
How do I pay the fees?
Send a certified check, organizational check, or money order made payable to Board of School Commissioners to
Baltimore City Public Schools
Real Estate and Permits
200 E. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202
Payments can also be made in person by appointment at the address above. Please do not pay school personnel. Cash or personal checks are not accepted.