If public property, including public streets and rights-of-way, will be used to vend products, food or drinks at an event, a Location Permit must be obtained from the Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department/Permits and Licenses Division.
Vendor Application Form (PDF)
Any event producer or vendor who wishes to vend within a festival or event boundary must obtain a Location Permit.
Any event producer who wants to control all vending within the boundaries of an event must obtain a Master Temporary Location Permit from the Codes and Regulations Department/Permits and Licenses Division. A Master Temporary Location Permit is recommended for all major special events. The permit holder will control what vendors sell within the event boundaries and will be responsible for ensuring that all vendors within the event boundaries are in compliance with all permitting and other legal requirements including, but not limited to, obtaining Personal Conveyance and Health Permits, registering with the Louisville Metro Revenue Commission, obtaining a tax ID number from the Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Revenue, etc.
A Personal Conveyance Vendor Permit is required for each fixed location and mobile vendor within an event's boundaries. At a fixed location, the vending permit identification card must be posted in a conspicuous location accessible to inspectors from the Codes and Regulations Department/Permits and Licenses Division. A vendor permit identification card must be worn by each mobile-vendor during an event.
The permit fee to be paid by an event producer will be determined by the number of fixed vendors and mobile vendors either listed on the Master Temporary Location Permit application or on a list submitted to the Codes and Regulations Department/Permits and Licenses Division by the event producer. It is the responsibility of an event producer to collect the appropriate permit fee from each vendor and submit them to the Codes and Regulations Department/Permits and Licenses Division.
Event producers controlling all vending within the boundaries of an event area:
Master Temporary Location Permit Fee
Individual vendors vending in an event area:
Personal Conveyance Vendor Permit Fee
For events with vendors that will be held in Metro Parks, contact the Louisville Metro Parks Department.
Any vendor selling unpackaged food or drinks at an event must also apply for and receive permits from the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.
(See Health Permits, Section 11)
For further information, contact:
Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department
Permits and Licenses Division
444 S. Fifth Street, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-5245 fax
Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness
400 E. Gray Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-6657 fax
Louisville Metro Parks
(at Louisville Tennis Center in Joe Creason Park)
3783 Illinois Avenue
Louisville, KY 40213
(502) 456-8168 fax