Louisville, Ky., – They are parties that happen in abandoned warehouses, empty storefronts and occasionally in a building that was subleased from an unsuspecting owner. There is little to no trained security and the structure is not always safe. That will soon change.
By a vote of 25 to ) with one abstention, the Louisville Metro Council has passed a new ordinance that will crack down on so called Pop up Parties that will now require licensing and trained security to keep party goers safe.
“This ordinance changes what has become a major concern for LMPD officers and the people who live in areas where these parties have taken place,” said Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15) who was primary sponsor of the ordinance.
She has been working with members of LMPD, ABC, IPL and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office to bring a level of safety and security to the “Pop-up” Parties that have been occurring throughout our community.
Concerns about the need for the ordinance were raised after several complaints lead to a shooting and drug bust by LMPD.
The new ordinance requires party promoters to apply for a permit, carry insurance, have proper parking, and the Fire marshall will conduct an inspection. Police will have the ability to shut down the operation if a permit and or security is not in place.
Joining Butler as co-sponsors of the ordinance are Councilwoman Mary Woolridge (D-3), Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13), Councilman David Yates (D-25) and Councilman David James (D-6).
“This is the time of year when young people are getting out and about and coming together to have fun. However, we want to make sure that they are safe and not taken advantage of by those more interested in making money than in their safety,” says Woolridge.
“Public safety is the top priority of many of us on the Council and this ordinance will help protect our young people,” said James.