Metro Nashville Event Permit Application
A parade permit is needed if your event involves a procession, run, walk, bike ride or similar type of event. If your event additionally includes a post run/race/ride celebration on public property, you will also need to complete a special event permit application.
Special Event Permit
A special event permit is needed if your event is a festival, concert, block party or similar type of event that involves any of the following: closing a street, restricting access to public property, sale of merchandise, food or beverage, erection of a tent larger than 400 square feet, installation of a stage, band shell, grandstand, bleacher, trailer, van or portable toilets for public use.
Permit Application Process
- Complete and submit the event permit application below. NOTE - Completing the application does not guarantee your event will be approved. All events are required to obtain a Street, Lane or Sidewalk Closure application and comply with all the requirements of that permit. Depending on your event, you may need to obtain additional permits or meet additional requirements.
- A permit application fee of $330.00 will be required for a Special Event application and permit application fee of $100 for a Parade Permit application. If your event will include both a parade and an event, you will need to submit a $430 fee for both permit applications. You will also be required to pay a Right of Way Permit application fee of $100. Make check payable to Metro Government. Please note that these fees are not refundable. The completed Event Permit Application will be distributed to representatives in the relevant Departments of Metro Government (Special Event Committee).
- Applications can be submitted no more than one year prior to the event and no less than 45 days before the event date. Applications submitted less than 45 days before the event date will be denied.
- Department representatives will also list any permits and/ or prerequisites required by their department.
- Most events will require a meeting of relevant Metro Departments and the event organizer.
- If your event requires a parade permit, the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) representative and the Metro Public Works (MPW) representatives will approve the route or make adjustments.
- Metro Public Works will determine if streets need to be closed as well as where barricades and/or cones will need to be used.
- MNPD and MPW representatives will determine the number of required police officers/security officers the event organizer will be responsible for hiring.
- All additional permits and requirements must be submitted to the Special Events office no later than two weeks prior to the event. Failure to submit all additional permits and requirements two weeks prior to the event will result in the denial of an event permit. Once the event organizer obtains all necessary permits and additional requirements, the Special Events Office will issue a Special Event Permit and/or the Metro Nashville Police Chief will issue a Parade Permit.