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Tennis Permit & Court Reservation Help

A permit is needed to use an outdoor court from the first Saturday of April to the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Looking for help? Visit or call one of our tennis permit offices.

Full-Season Permits

Full-season permits for adults ages 18 to 61 cost $100. Adults with a valid IDNYC, a free identification card for all New York City residents, can receive 10 percent off their full-season permit fee. Permits for seniors ages 62 and older cost $20. Permits cost $10 for kids and teens younger than 18 years old. Full-season permits purchased are good for use until the end of the season. The same fees and expiration date apply for anyone interested in purchasing a permit late in the season. 

Purchase or Renew a Full-Season Permit

You can:

*We do not offer same-day permits online. Please allow up to two weeks to receive your tennis permit by mail. You can apply in person to make a same-day tennis permit purchase.

Single-Play Permits

Single-play permits cost $15. For singles play, permits are good for one hour of tennis each day, in any borough. For doubles play, permits are good for two hours of tennis.

Purchase a Single-Play Permit

You can:

*We do not offer same-day permits online. Please allow up to two weeks to receive your tennis permits by mail. You can apply in person to make a same-day single-play permit purchase.

Tennis Courts and Reservations

Visit our Tennis Courts page to find a tennis court near you. At a few of our popular courts, we offer tennis court reservations online. Tennis court reservations cost $15 per court, per hour. We allow players to make reservations for up to seven days ahead—not including the day that you make the reservation—up until midnight on the day before play. For all other courts, please visit the tennis court facility in-person with your permit to reserve a court for use on the same day.

Advance Reservation Tickets

You can purchase advance reservation tickets to reserve a court at Central Park or Prospect Park at a future date. Advance reservation tickets cost $15 per court, per hour and must be redeemed by phone or in person. 

You can purchase advance reservation tickets in person only at:

NYC Parks Tennis Rules and Regulations

Before heading to a court, make sure that you’ve read our rules and regulations. Follow our permit rules, wear smooth-sole tennis shoes, and use a maximum of six tennis balls on each court. Most courts are open from 8:00 a.m. to dusk, except Central Park where courts open at 7:00 a.m. and Randall's Island where courts open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.

Tennis at Central Park and Prospect Park

Planning to play tennis at Central Park or Prospect Park? Tennis amenities and policies at these two parks differ from other tennis court locations. Please visit our Tennis at Central Park and Prospect Park page for more information. 

Locker Rentals at Central Park

If you're a full-season tennis permit holder, you can rent a locker at the Central Park courts. Visit our Central Park Locker Rental page to make a reservation. 

Tennis Permit Locations

We offer in-person tennis services at our permit offices, Paragon Sports, and at some of our recreation centers. 

Tennis Permit Offices

During the tennis season, you can do the following in person at the permit office locations below:

  • Renew your full–season permit
  • Purchase a new full–season permit
  • Purchase a single–play permit
  • Buy reservation tickets (accepted at the Central Park and Prospect Park courts only)
  • Rent a recreation locker (in Central Park courts at 93rd Street only)

In-person applicants receive their permits shortly after their applications are reviewed and/or photos are taken.

Bronx Permit Office
1 Bronx River Parkway
Bronx, NY 10462
(718) 430-1840
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Queens Permit Office
Passerelle Building
(Across from outdoor tennis courts)
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
(718) 393-7276
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Permit Office
Litchfield Villa
95 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 965-8919
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday* 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (*April only)

Staten Island Permit Office
Greenbelt Recreation Center
501 Brielle Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 667-3547 Ext. 313
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Closed Friday and Saturday
Sunday 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Manhattan Permit Office
830 5th Avenue
The Arsenal, Room 1 (Basement)
NY, NY 10065
(212) 360-8131
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday* 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (*April - May)
Please note: This location accepts cash.

Paragon Sports
867 Broadway and 18th Street
(212) 255-8036
Monday - Friday  10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Note: Tennis permits originally obtained at Paragon Sports in Manhattan CANNOT be renewed online. Please renew at Paragon or apply for a new permit through one of the Parks permit offices.

Paragon Sporting Goods will NOT issue or renew permits past 30 minutes prior to closing time.

For more information about obtaining a tennis permit at Paragon Sports, please visit Paragon Sports' website.

Recreation Centers

You can purchase or renew a tennis permit at the following recreation center locations during the center's general public hours:

Payment Information

Bring the following materials:

  • Credit card, check, or money order for appropriate dollar amount. Cash is only accepted at the Manhattan Permit Office.
  • Proof of age
  • Photo ID
  • (Optional) A valid IDNYC  card, to receive a 10 percent discount on an adult (ages 18 to 61) full-season permit.
  • You may print and complete our tennis purchase form in advance if desired.
  • Please note: you do not need to bring a passport-sized photo for in-person permit purchases, as we will take a digital photo of you at the permit location.

Method of Payment

  • Personal checks must have the account name imprinted on it.
  • If being presented in person, two pieces of identification, such as a driver's license and a major credit card, are required.
  • Money orders are accepted as cash but must be the exact amount of the permit purchase, as no change will be returned.
  • Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are the only credit cards accepted.

For more information, please call (212) 360-8131.

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