Temporary Place of Assembly

Kohn Architecture NYC provides Temporary Place of Assembly (TPA) permits. A TPA permit is required where 75 or more people gather indoors or 200 or more gather outdoors, for religious, recreational, educational, political or social purposes, or to consume food or drink. A TPA permit is issued for events lasting less than 30 days. Temporary Place of Assembly Certificates of Operation are issued by the Department of Buildings (DOB) Borough Commissioners Office, and are approved on a case-by-case basis.

In all cases, written requests for a Temporary Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation must be made within 10 days prior to the event in order to avoid additional fees. The receipt date of the written request will be counted as one of the ten business days. Additionally the FDNY will come to inspect the event to ensure that it is in compliance with the filed TPA. This inspection is subject to hourly fees by the FDNY. They will issue you an invoice after the inspection is complete.


Popsugar Playground

An annual immersive and interactive woman’s festival extravaganza, featuring keynote discussions with A-list celebrities and pop-culture luminaries, live fitness and wellness activities, art installations, a shopping bazaar, a beauty carnival, food hall, product exhibits and much more. Located on Pier 94 by the Hudson River in NYC, KOHN architecture provided the Temporary Place of Assembly Plans (TPA), Temporary Structure Permits for stages and the PLAYGROUND experience – a giant ball pit with slides. Over 14,000 people attended the event over a 2 day period. Kohn Architecture also coordinated with the FDNY to ensure
maximum safety and compliance.


Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) is New York City’s largest cultural institution designed especially for children and families. The museum facility itself has multiple event spaces including a large rooftop garden pavilion enclosed by a spectacular steel and Kevlar canopy structure.

As architect of record, Kohn Architecture has worked with the museum to create multiple Temporary Place of Assembly (TPA) plans for different event configurations, ranging in capacity of 150 to 1200 people for weddings, parties, bar mitzvahs, cultural events and art exhibits. From travel distances to egress calculations, FDNY requirements, KOHN architecture provided TPA permits for multiple events on its acclaimed rooftop pavilion and inside the facilities.


Lungevity Breathe Deep NYC

Sponsored by the LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s largest network of local events for lung cancer fundraising and awareness. The event hosts thousands of people living with lung cancer who are joined by family, friends and advocates each year to walk, run, and volunteer to raise money and awareness to its noble cause. The event was located at the Pier 63 lawn bowl in the Hudson River Park overlooking the Hudson River. The event capacity was over 750 people and included, music, speakers, stages, exhibit booths, and start and finish line gates for the participants. KOHN architecture designed and procured the Temporary Place of Assembly (TPA) permit for the entire outdoor event.


El Museo del Barrio

Located on New York City’s famed 5th Avenue Museum Mile, El Museo Del Barrio is the largest cultural institution devoted to Puerto Rican and Latin culture in the United States. Since 2004, Kohn Architecture has worked with El Museo del Barrio on numerous projects, including a Place of Assembly (PA) permit for the landmarked Heckscher Theatre, the museums administrative offices, the exterior courtyard, and numerous other projects throughout the building. For El Museo’s special exhibitions and gala events, KOHN architecture provided Temporary Place of Assembly (TPA) plans and permits for up to 1500 people for such events as Super Sabado, Museum Mile Day, Dia de los Muertos, gala parties, art openings and movie premieres.



Google, the most visited website in the world and the most valuable brand in 2017, specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware. Google’s New York City offices are situated at 111 Eighth Avenue, in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The building occupies 2.9 million square feet and is the city’s 4th largest building in terms of floor area. As part of Google’s internal employee unconscious bias awareness training, KOHN architecture provided Temporary Place of Assembly (TPA) plans and permit for this special exhibition event. It includes design and spatial layout of non-combustible plywood panels that held the main texts and images of the exhibition.


Spring Studio, Urban Art Fair

Located in TriBeCa, Spring Studios is one of New York City’s premiere event spaces. It is also a creative agency and production house. It hosts everything from fashion presentations, art exhibits, film and photo shoots, cultural events, parties and dinners. The 120,000 square foot interdisciplinary facility is located in an old industrial building that preserved its original features, while incorporating textures and materials with modern aspects of wood flooring, hot rolled steel, concrete. KOHN architecture provided the Temporary Place of Assembly (TPA) plans and permit for the Urban Art Fair exhibition, one of New York City’s largest street art fundraising art shows featuring more than 120 exhibitors, art demos and global food stalls. Thanks to an understanding of egress and fire safety requirements Kohn Architecture was able to provide plans to accommodate up to 2,500 guests throughout the space during the event.