Outdoor Special Event Permits

Longview welcomes a variety of special events throughout the year and across the community. Whether the event is hosted on public property or private property, hosts of public events are required to complete the appropriate permitting and secure location reservations.

Do I have to receive a permit to host my event? 

Special events hosted for the public may be required to receive permits listed below if it will impact the use of the street or right-of-way, includes food service, impacts public safety, or involves other substantial changes to normal business operations of the event location. If you aren’t sure if your event requires a permit, please ask and staff will provide guidance.

What permits do I need to host an event in Longview? 

Event organizers will need to request permission and/or make reservations according to the type of event.

General Outdoor Event (concert, carnival, block party, etc)
An Outdoor Event Permit, administered through Planning and Zoning within Development Services, is necessary for any outdoor event that goes beyond the property’s normal business operations based on factors such as crowd size, parking, vendors, large tents, street closures, and use of right-of-way. Contact the Planning and Zoning Department for more information, 903-237-1072.

Parade Permit
A Parade Permit is required for parades as well as 5K, Fun Runs, or other events that require street routed street closures. Contact the Planning and Zoning Department for more information, 903-237-1072.

Parks and Pavilions Reservations
If you plan to host your event within a city park or at a city pavilion, you must reserve the facility directly through the Parks and Recreation Department. Contact the Parks and Recreation for more information, 903-237-1270.

Food Permit
If you are serving food to the public, except for a private-only event, you will also need a food service permit from Environmental Health. Contact the Environmental Health Department for more information, 903-237-1285. 

Longview Convention Complex
If you plan to host your event at the Longview Convention Complex, you must reserve the facility directly with complex staff. Contact the Longview Convention Complex for more information, 903-237-1270.