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  • The HOF reserves the right to determine which areas may be used for food and drink service and where such services may be set up. By City Ordinance, smoking is not permitted anywhere on Oakland grounds.
  • Approved evening rentals must end by midnight with any load out completed by 2 a.m. There will be a charge of $500 per hour for additional hours added to the end of the contracted event period ending after midnight, with load out ending after 2:00 a.m.
  • Two hours of set up time prior to the beginning of an event are scheduled for set up. There is an additional charge of $175 per hour for any additional set up hours.
  • There are additional fees for approved events held on major holidays. No events will be approved on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.
  • Any student events must be school-sponsored and must provide appropriate chaperones
  • Partisan political events are not allowed.
  • City of Atlanta permitting requirements must be followed.
  • A date can be placed on courtesy hold for two weeks. If another client wants to contract the same venue on the same date, the first client on hold will be given two days to request a contract and pay a deposit to exclusively reserve the date. Otherwise, the date will be forfeited to the second client.
  • To hold a date exclusively, 50% of the rental amount will be deposited and a signed contract will be due to the HOF within five (5) days of receipt of the deposit. A credit card number is required to guarantee the event when the client pays by cash or check.

A deposit of 50% of the total amount and a signed contract are due within five business days of receiving the contract. The remaining 50% is due 30 days prior to the event.

Any additional charges are due 30 days prior to the event. Any adjustments will be invoiced following the event and any additional payments are due within 30 days of the invoice.

Cancellation of an event will result in the forfeiture of 10% of the contracted amount.

A walk-through with all involved parties (Client plus vendors) is required at least three weeks in advance of the event.

Any changes to the original plan are due to the HOF by no later than three (3) business days prior to the event.

Except for events held in the Oakland Bell Tower, all Oakland events are scheduled outside and should include plans for inclement weather. No refunds are made for events because of weather conditions.

In the event that a tent is needed for your event, you must notify HOF at least two (2) months in advance.

Tents may NOT be secured using any stakes or secured to any existing structures on the grounds without written approval from HOF.

Set up and breakdown times for all tents must be approved by HOF one (1) month prior to the event and are considered part of the normal set-up/tear-down times.

HOF offers free, non-secured parking spaces for events, both inside Oakland Cemetery and in a small lot adjacent to the main gate on a space-available basis.

Driving and parking on the grounds is permitted for passenger vehicles on a limited basis.

On-site parking should be reserved for lessees, guests with mobility issues, and approved vendors.

Prior arrangement is required for any vehicle left on-site overnight.

All vehicles must remain on the designated roadway areas.

Stopped or parked vehicles must not block the roadway.

General security officers will be on duty from setup through breakdown. These general security costs are included in the rental fee.

The HOF reserves the right to require and schedule the services of off-duty police officers. Officers are required for events with expected attendance of 150 or more and/or where there is amplified music. The Lessee is responsible for paying for these additional security needs.

For any student event, one (1) chaperone for every 20 students is required. Chaperone(s) must be over 21 years of age, and must be the teachers, parents, or administrative personnel from the school of attending students.

Oakland Cemetery is an important cultural and historic site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Therefore, the protection of the grounds, gardens, monuments, hardscapes, and artifacts is of the utmost priority. The Lessee is responsible for all decorations and special effects for the event within the following guidelines:

Unless specifically approved by the HOF, all decorations and signs must be freestanding and cannot be hung on the walls of any buildings or on monuments.

Per City of Atlanta Park Rules and Guidelines, there are no open flames permitted.

Pyrotechnics, confetti cannons, artificial petals or rice are not permitted.

Unless specifically approved by the HOF, items cannot block any points of access on the grounds, including but not limited to: paths, roadways, ramps, doorways, emergency exits, or gates.

Unless prearranged, all items must be removed from the premises immediately following the event.

Touch-up painting of decor items is not permitted on the property. The building of decor items onsite must be pre-approved.

A $500 fee will be charged for failure to comply with guidelines or any incident which requires additional cleaning or damage to the grounds or facilities.

HOF is not obligated to display or distribute any materials relating to a rental event or to publicize the event in any of the HOF’s printed or online materials.

The HOF logo may not be used on materials relating to any rental event without prior approval from the Foundation.

There is a City of Atlanta Noise ordinance 10:00 p.m. curfew for outdoor music. The Lessee must abide by HOF Staff’s request for the volume of the music to be adjusted to meet the noise ordinance curfew.

Photography in any public spaces with the cemetery will be available unless such space is rented by another Client.

Rentals must be delivered the day of the event and picked up immediately following the event unless other arrangements have been pre-approved. Please schedule all deliveries and pickups through the Private Events Coordinator.

We require that at least one portable toilet be reserved for parties of 100 or more, as our in-house bathrooms cannot accommodate a lot of traffic. We will book the portalet for an overall fee of $100 per standard unit. Also, we will require an additional portalet for each additional 100 guests.

The Client may retain a Vendor from the Foundation’s list of approved Vendors. The Foundation must approve Vendors not on its approved list. All vendors must provide:

Proof of workmen’s compensation and liability insurance for their employees.

Business License.

For caterers: certification by the Health Department.

Certificate of Liability insurance with the Foundation named as additionally insured.

All vendors should promptly report any issue they encounter with our venue or our staff so that we may address the issue and better meet the satisfaction level expected by clients and vendors.

Vendors and/or clients will be notified about costs for any unusual cleaning requirements or damage should any such damage occur.

Load in can occur during specified agreed upon time and location.

All catering staff should park in a previously designated area.

Caterers are responsible for unloading, setting up, and reloading their goods.

Caterers must check with the Foundation Private Events Coordinator upon arrival and check out with the Coordinator before leaving.

Breakdown must occur immediately after the event. This includes the removal of all trash, used dishware and other perishables from the premises.

Caterers must provide their own trash receptacles and garbage bags. All trash must be taken off site. The Foundation does not have an on-site dumpster for catering use.

No kitchen is available for outdoor events. A small kitchen is available for events held in the Foundation’s Conference Room or on the porch of the Bell Tower.

Caterers must provide a fire extinguisher for each table with flame-producing units.

The Foundation does not have outside lighting. It is the responsibility of the caterer to bring the necessary equipment to provide adequate lighting for its staff during outside events.

All ice must be disposed of properly. Ice cannot be disposed of on lawns or in flower beds.

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