3. Alcoholic Beverage Control

SECTION 3

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL

(See Insurance Requirements, Section 12)

If you plan to serve and/or sell alcoholic beverages of any kind at your event, a Temporary Alcoholic Beverage License must be obtained from the Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department/Permits and Licenses Division following approval from the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.

Applications for a Temporary Alcoholic Beverage License and additional information about Alcoholic Beverage Control at special events may be obtained from the Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department/Permits and Licenses Division or from the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.

For further information, contact:

Louisville Metro:
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

www.louisvilleky.gov/ipl

Contact IPL

Kentucky:
Kentucky State Alcoholic Beverage Control
1003 Twilight Trial
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4850
(502) 564-1442 fax

www.abc.ky.gov

abc.info@kentucky.gov

A copy of an event application for a Temporary Alcoholic Beverage License Application and a Certificate of Insurance must be submitted to the Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department/Permits and Licenses Division with a Special Event Application at least one month before an event. Include a check to cover the appropriate license fee made payable to "Louisville Metro Finance Department."

Louisville Metro - Temporary Alcoholic Beverage Licenses:
Temporary Malt Beverage (events over one week)
Temporary Liquor Drink (per event)
Temporary Wine (per event)

State ABC - Temporary Alcoholic Beverage Licenses:
Temporary Malt Beverage (per event)
Temporary Liquor Drink (per event, per bar)
Temporary Wine (per event, per bar)

An applicant must be at least 21 years old and a resident of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to obtain an Alcoholic Beverage License.

Applications for a Temporary Alcoholic Beverage License must be submitted to the Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department/Permits and Licenses Division at least 30 days prior to an event. Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department/Permits and Licenses Division will forward its approval to the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission and, once state approval is obtained, a license will be issued for an event.

If you are a for-profit organization, you must provide a letter from a non-profit organization stating that they will receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of alcoholic beverages.

If your event will be held in or on private property, a copy of your event's lease or written permission of the private property owner(s) must be submitted with the application.

If your event will be held in or on Louisville Metro owned property, you must submit an application to the Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department/Permits and Licenses Division for a Temporary Location Permit that will serve as proof of authorization to use that particular Louisville Metro venue.

Anyone serving or selling beer and/or liquor at an event held in or on public property must submit a Certificate of Insurance to the Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department/Permits and Licenses Division and include Louisville Metro as an additional insured.
(See Insurance Requirements, Section 12)

Anyone serving or selling beer and/or liquor at an event held in Waterfront Park must add the Waterfront Development Corporation, as well as Louisville Metro, to their insurance policy as an additional insured.

Anyone serving or selling alcoholic beverages at an event held at a Metro Parks facility must:

  • obtain authorization to do so from Metro Parks;
  • apply for and obtain a Temporary Alcoholic Beverage License from the Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department/Permits and Licenses Division; and
  • submit a Certificate of Insurance with the event's Special Event Permit Application naming Louisville Metro Parks, as well as Louisville Metro, as additional insureds.
    (See Insurance Requirements, Section 12)