Special Events & Permits

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City Sponsored Events

The Parks Department hosts community special events each year such as Arbor Day, Touch a Truck, movies in the park, concerts in the park and more. Click on the links below to view the current calendar:

Special Events in Parks
(requires permit)

From time to time local companies, film and production companies, print media companies, individuals, non profits, schools and organizations may want to hold a special event in a City of Franklin Park. The links and information below will guide you through the process and advise you of the conditions under which the event may be held.

Parks-sponsored activities have precedence over all other activities. Residents of Franklin and Williamson County, as well as contracted programs, will receive priority use of parks on a first-come, first served basis. Obtaining a permit for a function does not entitle the user to exclusive use of the park. Applying for a permit is no guarantee that the application will be approved.

It shall be standard policy that the parks systems have adequate time for vegetation to "recover" after an event; therefore, at the discretion of the Parks Department Director, two weekends per  month may be set aside for said "recovery". Additionally, denial for a park event may include, but is not limited to:

  • Finding that the proposed activity or use will unreasonably interfere with the general public's use and enjoyment of the area at the time of the event or in the future due to repetitive use or damage to a public facility;
  • A finding that the proposed activity or use will entail extraordinary or burdensome expense by the City; any reason for denial of a special event under the standards set forth in Franklin Municipal Code Sections 16-510 and 16-511.

Under 50 People Attending
If your party or gathering is less than 50 people you may not required to have a permit but you must contact the Program Division prior.  Please call (794-2103) ahead to verify the scheduled use of the park you are interested in using. If you want to reserve the use of a park at a particular time and date then you must go through the event permit process and provide liability insurance. Requests for the use of Inflatable's (i.e. bounce houses), attractions ( i.e. pony rides), and tents larger than 10 x20' require a special event permit.

Under 199 People Attending
The Franklin Municipal Code, Title 16, Chapter 5, contains requirements for special events. A complete application for permit must be made thirty (30) days prior to a scheduled event, but no more than 364 days prior to event. The City Administrator and Parks Director shall have the authority to issue or deny a permit request where 199 people, or less, gather during the entire course of an event. Liability insurance is required.

200 People or More Attending
The Franklin Municipal Code, Title 16, Chapter 5, contains requirements for special events. A complete application for permit must be made ninety (90) days prior to a scheduled event, but no more than 364 days prior to event. Liability insurance is required.

Any event where 200 people or more gather during the entire course of the event shall be decided by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen after consideration by the appropriate committees. Applicant must be present at all meetings where the application is considered. Upon approval from either of the aforementioned, additional requirements may need to be met. All permit requests for over 200 people must be obtained and submitted through the Community Relations Department at City Hall. Please call 615-791-3217 for more information. The application may be obtained by clicking below.

Contact: Requests for application may be obtained by calling or writing the City of Franklin Parks Department, P.O. Box 305, Franklin, TN 37065. Phone: (615) 794-2103. Or click on link below: