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Special Events


Festival & Event Permits

A special event is defined as a pre-planned event, whether publicly and/or privately sponsored where the public is invited  and is proposed to be held on publicly owned, leased, or controlled property, including, but not limited to parks, streets, sidewalks (excluding indoor events at the Sportscenter, Edge Ice Center, RiverPark Center, Owensboro Convention Center, etc.).  All special events require a Special Event Permit issued by the City of Owensboro.  Any event requesting City services must also obtain a Special Event Permit. Forms may be electronically sent to cecilna@owensboro.org or faxed to 270-687-8585. 

Special Event Planning Packet

Special Events Application

Block Party Application

Fireworks Application

Noise Variance Application

Street Closure Application






Choose the application(s) that apply to your special event and submit to: cecilna@owensboro.org or

City of Owensboro
Attn: Special Events
PO Box 10003
Owensboro, KY 42302 


You can also drop them off at:

City Hall
Attn:  Special Events
101 E. 4th Street
Owensboro, KY 42303


* Application must be received 90 days prior to the event start date. Any Applications received 30 – 90 days prior to the first day of the event will incur a late processing fee of $50.00. Application received less than 30 days prior to the first day of the event will incur an urgent processing fee of $100.00.