A permit is needed to use an outdoor court from the first Saturday in 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 offer cost $15. A single-play permit allows you one-time use of any tennis court in any borough for one hour. 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.

Lost Tennis Permits

Replacement tennis permits can be purchased at any of our Tennis Permit Offices. The fee for a duplicate tennis permit is $15 for adults and senior permits and $6 for youth permits.

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