10. Fireworks & Pyrotechnics



If a festival or event is going to include a "Public Display of Fireworks or the use of Pyrotechnics or Special Effects before a Proximate Audience," an event producer must apply for and obtain a Fireworks/Pyrotechnics Permit from the particular authority having jurisdiction.

Applications for a Fireworks/Pyrotechnic Displays Permit must be submitted to the Louisville Metro Department of Codes and Regulations/Permits and Licenses Division at least 15 days before a performance or event, along with a $175 permit application fee, payable to "Louisville Metro Government Finance Department."

A valid Certificate of General Liability Insurance, provided by a licensed or approved surplus lines insurer in Kentucky with a satisfactory AM Best rating, must be attached to the Special Event Permit application submitted to the Codes and Regulations Department/Permits and Licenses Division. The Certificate of Insurance shall state that the coverage afforded under the policy:

  • will be in effect for the duration of the Performance/Event;
  • will cover claims up to $1,000,000 per occurrence; and
  • will name the fire chief of the fire district in which the event is held as an additional insured.

The Certificate of Insurance must contain the dates of the event and list Louisville Metro, along with any Louisville Metro owned venue where the fireworks or pyrotechnic will be displayed, as additional insured.

If the event requires a fire apparatus and stand-by crew, either in the urban or suburban area, the following are available for a fee:

1 Fire Apparatus
1 Officer
1 Operator
1 Firefighter
1 Firefighter/EMT

For further information, contact:

Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department
Permits and Licenses Division
444 S. Fifth Street, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 574-3591
(502) 574-5245 fax


Contact IPL

Louisville Division of Fire
1135 W. Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40203

(502) 574-3701
(502) 574-2955 fax


Jefferson County Fire Service
410 S. Fifth Street, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 574-5646
(502) 574-4606 fax