Office of Special Events

To apply for a special event permit, use the Louisville Metro Business Portal.

Welcome to the City of Louisville! Louisville Metro Government (LMG) and the Office of Special Events (OSE) are committed to providing local and visiting events with the highest quality of service and customer care. Hosting your event here means dedicated staff and resources are available to support and accommodate your needs.

The Office of Special Events, along with supporting Metro agencies, have re-evaluated our local Special Events program and made some much needed improvements. By doing so, you are now offered a product and service that ensures your event is affordable, efficient, and safe!

The Special Events Handbook is a tool to educate all event producers about Louisville Metro Government’s process for approving events, available resources, and its expectations for producing an event within the Louisville Metro area. Other documents are available below that will help you complete your application(s). It is recommended that you read the Accela Application Guide to help you navigate the online application portal. The OSE team values your input and welcomes all comments and suggestions for continuous improvement. 

PLEASE NOTE:  We are not accepting walk-ins.  If you would like to meet with a representative in person, please call 502-572-3533 or contact Dawn Wilkins to arrange an appointment (often available same day).


Special Events Handbook…

Accela Application Guide

Special Events Online Application

Film Applications Handbook…

Filming Permit Application…

Block Party Petition…

Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Application…


Louisville Metro Emergency Services
Special Events Office
410 S. Fifth Street, Ste. 323
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 572-3533

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