Special Event Permits

The City of Laurel plays a strong role in helping event planners bring people together safely and successfully in both city-wide and neighborhood events. Special events such as fairs, arts, art-centered performances, festivals, concerts, sporting activities and others, bring people together from different backgrounds and different neighborhoods throughout the city. Together our citizens share a day, a week or an hour of transformation, laughter and fun. Special events weave the fabric of our community by creating opportunities to interact, celebrate, enrich people’s lives, promote inclusiveness, and stretch imaginations.

It is important that the City of Laurel play a strong role in encouraging and helping events that bring the community together to take place safely on its streets and in its parks. These events encourage and support the interaction of neighbors, friends, families and strangers in addition to providing positive economic impact. It is essential that the City of Laurel encourage and support the safe interaction of neighbors, friends, families and strangers through the shared experience of special events. Special events create wonderful memories and provide the bonding that every community needs for economic and emotional growth.

One purpose of these guidelines is to assist event organizers in exercising their constitutional rights balanced with the City’s right to regulate the time, place, and manner of special events in order to protect public health and safety, to reduce adverse impacts on the public places and neighboring areas, and to protect the rights of other users of our public places.

When is a Special Event Permit Required?

A special event permit is required when holding an organized activity involving the use of, or having an impact on city-owned property or the temporary use of private property:

  • Closing of a street
  • Blocking or restriction of public property
  • Sale of merchandise, food or beverages
  • Set up of temporary structures (I.e. stage, tent)
  • Use of private property where anticipated attendance is over 250

The Laurel Special Events Office processes applications for review by the Special Events Committee and the City’s Special Event Coordinator serves as your primary contact with the Laurel Special Events Committee. Fees may vary and will be determined upon approval of the special events committee.

A Special Event Permit application must be submitted to the Special Events coordinator not less than 30 days or more than 90 days prior to event.

The length of time it takes to approve events depends upon several factors which include the size and scope of the event, the location, and the volume of applications being processed

Download special event application

Applications may be submitted by mail to:
City of Laurel
Attn: Cindy Pitts
P.O. Box 647
Laurel, MS 39441

Other Permits/License that may be required:

State Beer License – State Tax Commission Office (601) 545-1261
Health Department Food Permit – Jones County Health Department (601) 426-3258
Department of Agriculture permit – USDA (601) 359-1148